Quality Service – Colossians 3:23-24
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (NIV)
The topic of working hard for the Lord is one that we often read in Paul’s letters. In this letter to the church in Colossae, Paul uses the phrase “with all your heart.” In his letter to the church in Ephesus he used the phrase “wholeheartedly” (Ephesians 6:7). Obviously Paul was trying to make a point to the churches in that time, give 110%.
Growing up playing soccer, we always had an awards banquet following the season. The typical awards were the Most Valuable Player, Best Defender, and Leading Scorer. But the one award that was different was the 110% Award. There was not a single stat that led to a player receiving this award, but rather a work ethic that stood out above the rest. This person was recognized for playing with “all their heart.”
In his commentary on the New Testament, B.W. Johnson states that this topic of giving your all to whatever work you do, came from a trend of workers and slaves only working hard when the boss or slave master was around. Paul is telling the churches that as Christians we are called to a higher standard, because our Master is God and no matter what, He is always with us. Therefore we should never stop giving him our all.
Just as the 110% Award is given to the person with the best work ethic, Paul knows that our “stats” on earth are not going to win us anything on the day of judgment. There is only one thing that warrants that award and Christ already subbed in to take our place. Now we just have to give him our 110% so that we can receive that reward.