It may be an extreme understatement to say that we live in a results-driven society. Companies are concerned about a thick black bottom line, baseball teams are concerned with winning championships, students are concerned with making the best grades, and politicians are concerned with victories. Now I don’t mean to necessarily portray results or goals in a negative light, after all it is a good thing to have an end in sight…something to work towards. As Christians we are all seeking a goal or prize as Paul puts it. However more than results, the Christian life hinges on the much more sticky issue of heart attitudes, or our motivation for the results produced. So, it is entirely possible for someone to be a good employee, good student, good baseball player or good politician and yet be living a life that is completely antithetical to the gospel. So, what determines whether or not our service, efforts at work, obedience to our parents, our bottom lines, or political victories (or defeats) please God?
Join us this week as we continue to listen in on Paul’s conversation with the church at Colosse with The New Life in Home and Work, from Colossians 3:18-4:1. Paul is arguing that the implications of the Gospel do not terminate in salvation, but in fact penetrate every area of our lives! Wives, husbands, children, parents, slaves, masters, employees, employers, students, politicians and athletes are called to live gospel-centered lives. How can we do this? Perhaps our goals need to be re-defined. For example, it is a good thing to have children who are well behaved, but should that be the ultimate goal? Or should we be more focused on shepherding our children’s hearts, that they might fear God and seek to please Him first? I think Paul is telling us that there is a way to serve, work, obey and engage in relationships that looks good to the outside world, but that ultimately leads to eternal destruction! He reminds his readers that “…he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.” I hope that you will join us this week as we seek to cultivate hearts that fear the Lord and lives that are filled with the joyous hope of the eternal reward to come!