22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. 25 For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality (Colossians 3).
If anyone had a right to perform merely “external service” (literally, “sight-labor”) in order to “merely please men,” it would be “slaves”—those who are forced to labor for the benefit of their “masters on earth” and not themselves. Who could fault them? And yet, Christian slaves are held to a higher standard, for their true Master sits above their earthly one.
Yet, this higher standard is no imposition unto increased drudgery, but on the contrary, it is a proposition unto ultimate freedom. When slaves (or even paid laborers) perform their tasks “for the Lord rather than for men” they can do so “heartily” because they know their true Master will give much more than mere wages—He will give them an “inheritance!”
Lord, help us This Day to be more than merely sight-workers for those to whom we on earth are held accountable. Rather, may we experience the true freedom that serving You brings. Amen.