Southern Cancer Center’s “Bread Bite” series shares weekly words of encouragement and inspiration from local area churches. This week’s message is from Pastor Chad Price of Forest Hill Church of God in Mobile, Alabama.
Today’s verse is found in Colossians 3:23-24 and it says: “Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others. For we know that we will receive a reward, an inheritance from the Lord, as we serve the Lord Yahweh, the Anointed One.”
This has always been one of my favorite verses and I love the way the Passion Translation words it. In so many seasons of my life, mostly frustrating ones, I have to remind myself of this verse. In times when you feel underappreciated or undervalued, it’s especially important to remember these words. There’s so much freedom in them. When you offer your service to someone, whether it be at home as a spouse or as a parent, or at work as an employee or administrator, and serve those as though you were serving the Lord directly, it can take the sting out of being unappreciated. It’s freeing because whether or not you ever receive the praise of man, you will be satisfied in your hard work simply because you know the Lord takes notice of it. There’s another verse that takes it a step further and it says, that when you give, “give secretly and your Father, who sees all you do, will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:4 TPT)
I’m going to keep it simple today — Do what you do for the Lord, in every area of your life, because you love people and you love your Lord. In the end, no matter who takes notice or doesn’t, your Heavenly Father sees all and will reward you openly. That’s His promise to you.