Colossians 3:22-4:1 / Godly Service

Posted on October 18, 2015


This is the twenty-first in a verse by verse exposition of the book of Colossians. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of October 18, 2015. This message deals with a believer’s service in the workplace. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, as well as my sermon notes (sermon notes are not necessarily a complete transcript).

Col 3:22-25



The next household relation addressed is the slave. The context makes it clear that the reference is to a domestic slave, who was considered part of the family. 

Paul upholds the duties of slave and master, of which the modern parallel is the duties of employee and employer. 
Scripture never advocates slavery, but recognizes it as an element of ancient society that could have been more beneficial if slaves and masters had treated each other properly. He called on both slaves and masters to demonstrate Christian principles in their relationship and thus to attempt to transform the institution from within. Here, Paul followed Christ’s example and used slavery as a motif for spiritual instruction. He likens the believer to one who is a slave and servant to Jesus Christ. This relates service to an earthly master as a way to serve the Lord.

Since the Creation, God has given us work to do. If we could regard our work as an act of worship or service to God, such an attitude would take some of the drudgery and boredom out of it. We could work without complaining or resentment if we would treat our job problems as the cost of discipleship. Understanding that our earthly service is also service to God, we should do it heartily, as though it’s being done directly for Him.

It is the Lord Christ whom all Christians are serving. (This is the only place in the NT where the term “the Lord Christ” is used.) After all, the final “payday” (an inheritance … as a reward) is coming from the Lord.

The Lord ensures the believer that he will receive a just, eternal compensation for his efforts.

  • Revelation 20:12–13

even if his earthly boss or master does not compensate fairly.

  • Colossians 3:25

God deals with obedience and disobedience impartially.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:10
  • Matthew 16:27

  • Your social status doesn’t matter.
  • Your wealth doesn’t matter.
  • Your title doesn’t matter.
  • Your education doesn’t matter.
  • Your position doesn’t matter.

When Christ judges, He judges impartially. Whether slave or master, employer or employee, He judges the same. 

If an employee wrongs his employer, he will be held accountable. If an employee honors his employer through honest hard work, he will be rewarded.

If an employer mistreats his employees, he will be held accountable. If an employer treats his employees fairly, he will be rewarded.

ultimately, as previously stated, no matter our position, our relationships reflect on Christ. Therefore, “whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men“.

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