2023-01-12 “Being a Christian Should Make Us More Responsible in Serving Christ”(Colossians 3:22-25)

Being a Christian Should Make Us More Responsible in Serving Christ 作成一個基督徒理應使我們在服事基督上更有責任感“(Colossians 歌羅西書 3:22-25)

Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favour, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 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. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favouritism.


For ancient/modern Christian slaves/workers (servants), there is no guarantee on earth of fairness of treatment from those whom they work for. But God wants those who work for their earthly masters (with eye-service and as men-pleasers) to see that they ultimately work for Him according to His order of authority. Therefore, they should do it heartily, as to Christ and not to mankind. God promises to reward with an inheritance from Him those who work with that kind of heart. It is possible for an unfaithful servant to wrong and defraud his master in a great variety of ways without being detected. Being a Christian should make us more responsible, not less responsible. There is a final rewarding and punishment, and with this there is no favouritism.


Prayer: Righteous and Loving God, we might have been dishonest, lazy or unreliable in our duty before. When exposed, we should not expect special leniency but deserve a reprimand from our boss even if the boss is a Christian. Thank you for reminding us that you may prepare a reprimand which is far worse to deal with as well. Forgive us if we did and help us to do it heartily as to Christ. Amen.

禱告: 公義、仁愛的神啊,我們以往或許曾經是不誠實、懶惰或不可靠的。當東窗事發時,就算上司是基督徒,我們不應期望他有特別仁慈的對待,卻會受到他的譴責。感謝你提醒我們,那更糟糕去處理的是你也會預備譴責。如果我們犯了,求你寬恕我們,並幫助我們要從心裡作,像是給基督作的。阿們。

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