With God at Work
Colossians 3:22–24 (ESV)
22Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
23Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
1. Do you have a personal struggle with authority, especially in the work place? How can this passage encourage you to grow spiritually in that area?
2. Why do we tend to view “work as a curse,” rather than viewing “work as cursed”? How can “fearing the Lord” help you to fulfill God’s plan for work in your own life?
3. God is neither endorsing nor condemning slavery in this passage, and yet Biblical principles practically applied throughout a culture inevitably lead to the end of slavery. How is that?
4. Through work, God intends to provide for the flourishing of the human race? Therefore we should work “heartily” and “in all things.” Discuss how praying “Give us this day our daily bread” includes so many different types of workers.
5. What difference does it make that God is always watching you at work? How does that help you work as a “God-pleaser” as opposed to a “man-pleaser”?
6. How was Paul trying to encourage slaves in this passage as those who would inherit a reward from God Himself?
7. What is your biggest struggle at work right now? How does this passage point you to Christ and give you hope for growth through that particular struggle?