Biblical Reflections: Colossians 3:23-24

Colossians 3:23-24 – And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

“Out of sight, out of mind,” they say.  It is easy to forget that we ultimately serve the Lord.  The psalmist wrote, “Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing” (Psalm 100:2). It may sound strange to us today, but in ancient Israel, servants who were indentured to pay off a debt could choose to stay permanently with their masters at their end of their period of service. These faithful servants would pierce their ears to denote their status. Why? Love and duty. There were likely many reasons why people would elect to remain a servant, but the chief reason must have been love. Love is best expressed in joyful service. Joy in being served is fleeting, but joy in service is eternal.

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