Key Text: Col 3:23 – “Whatever your task, put yourselves into it, as done for the Lord and not for your masters…”
- This is in a discussion of slaves obeying their masters (and also wives submitting to husbands, husbands loving wives and children obeying parents)
- Sometimes this section is seen as instructions to not disrupt the social order – not so. This text isn’t commenting on whether slavery is right or wrong, or whether wives should submit.
- It seems to be saying, do your job to the best of your ability, put your whole self into what you are doing as if God himself had asked you to do it.
I have trouble with this. Often I am thinking of what I could be doing, or what might happen in the future. I like to plan, dream and look ahead, rather than focussing on the task at hand. Sometime this is a good thing, but often it gets in the way of doing a good job. Rarely do I throw myself into a current job that I have been asked to do. Colossians asks us to do our jobs well and with thanksgiving. This isn’t always easy.