“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.” (Reference: Colossians 3:23-25 )
The historic Anabaptists focused on the last part of the verse, while making a nodding acknowledge to working for the Lord and not men. Menno Simons warned the magistracy that they will be judged for their actions no matter their stance and position. I do not know where some contemporary Anabaptists/Mennonites might put the emphasis. However, I know what part of this verse speaks to me more than caution of repayment.
For many years I needlessly worried that I was in the place where God wanted me. I was not sure if I made the correct choices about employment and livelihood. I keep wondering, asking and praying, “Am I doing the work that God would have me do?” In other words, was I working for the Lord and not for people? It took me some time to realize that if I have turned my life over to God, I am where God wants me and am serving the Lord. No matter where that is. And since letting go of my fears and words, I have found peace about my job and my life. And I have found that the worries I have in my job seem to work out much better than when I was obsessing about “being in the right place.” That is not to say my work, or my life, is any easier. But since I stopped worry about doing correct work , and focused on doing the work correctly according to God’s guidance, I am much more at peace . . . most of the time.
And I am not so sure that we have to wait for the “inheritance” and “reward” from the Lord. I firmly believe being at peace about my job is an inheritance and a reward. Not to mention seeing the results of my working helping and benefiting God’s people. That too is an inheritance and a reward.
Furthermore, I would be hard pressed to see where one can go “wrong” serving the Lord. We all know that it is possible to claim that you are doing God’s will when you have actually substituted your will for God’s. And that may be what Menno Simons was accusing the magistracy of. But as yesterday’s scripture passage said, God will not be mocked. The Lord knows what is truly in the hearts of men and women.
May you beloved work for God and work under God’s guidance wherever and whatever your employment may be. And may God reward you with an inheritance worthy of your efforts. Selah!