Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February, when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
22 Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.
Parenting with Purpose | Shiree King
Paul exhorts Christians to regard all labor as a service rendered to the Lord. We must work as though Christ were our employer, knowing that all work performed “for the Lord” will some day be rewarded.
I have always liked this verse and found it encouraging and motivating to do my best when I was in the workforce. I’ve never considered its applicability to my role as a full-time mom. This verse starts with the phrase, “whatever you do”. That extends far beyond the idea of just a job or career. I can certainly fall into the mindset that my current role is not as meaningful as my previous roles. But, I know that God is my employer, and I am being obedient to Him just being in this role in the first place. However, I don’t really “enjoy” it, and when I view my parenting goal each day as just getting through the day, I am probably not working as unto the Lord with all of my heart.
Dear God, Please forgive me for not working in my parenting role with all of my heart, as if You were my boss. Thank You for this reminder to give ALL my effort back to You. Please renew my mind each day to parent with purpose and show me specific ways I can honor You while serving my family. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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