Scripture: Song of Solomon 1-4, Ephesians 6
Ephesians 6:5-7 Slaves, obey your human masters with fear and trembling; and do it with a sincere heart, as though you were serving Christ. Do this not only when they are watching you, because you want to gain their approval; but with all your heart do what God wants, as slaves of Christ. Do your work as slaves cheerfully, as though you served the Lord, and not merely human beings.
This is why Christians should be the best employees and employers. Whatever we do, we are doing it for the Lord, and so we do our very best.
Paul writes to slaves and tells them to cheerfully obey their masters, not just when they’re watching, but all the time. Three times he repeats the motivation: as though you were serving Christ, as slaves of Christ, as though you served the Lord.
Writing to slaves in Colossians 3:22, Paul said, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for human beings.”
“This is for Jesus.” We live for an audience of One. Whatever we do, we do for Him, and we do it with all our heart. We give our very best. This applies to our studies at school, our work on the job, our daily tasks, and of course, our relationships.
I need to remind myself, “This is for Jesus.” That’s how I’m going to approach all my activities today. “This is for Jesus.” Then give my very best—do it with all my heart.
And if it’s something that I can’t do for Jesus, I shouldn’t be doing it.
Prayer: Lord, remind me today to approach each task or activity with this attitude: “This is for Jesus.”