Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. -Colossians 3:23 MSG

It has always fascinated me how a person working a secular job could be spiritually minded while another working in a sacred vocation could be carnally minded. A good reminder that being spiritual has little to do with what we do but everything to do with how we do it. Work in the kingdom of God is all about doing it with faith, hope and love.

I retired from Ma Bell when I was 49. After a few years consulting for a few companies, I accepted a pastoral position at my church. I worked there until my wife became disabled. My time there was both a beautiful time of ministry and a troubling peek into church politics. In retrospect it helped me understand how hard it is to work from the heart.

Remind us Lord that our reward for our labors is a heavenly one. Help us to serve you with humility of heart.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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