Celebrity culture is nothing new. Monarchs, authors, military leaders –many were famous throughout the world even in previous centuries. But today’s social media era has catapulted the ordinary life of the average person into the spotlight. My dinner? I can post photos of my pork chops for all to see. My child’s report card? I can broadcast it and wait for the “likes” to pour in.
In moderation, these posts may be harmless. But the Christian woman needs to guard against “performing” for the accolades and approval of others. The reality is that the godly woman works for an audience of one–the Lord Jesus Christ.
Scripture teaches this in many places, including Colossians 3:23 which says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for man.” This excellent verse has encouraged me through my entire adult life to work diligently as it puts the focus on my efforts where it should be: on God
Colossians 3:23 can shield us from getting bogged down in the day-to-day drudgery of life. At every stage and age, we have opportunity to “work with all our heart” for the Lord.
Women in the workplace, you aren’t just bringing home a paycheck. You are working with such diligence and attention that God is glorified by your positive attitude and joyful words.
Young mamas, you aren’t just wiping noses and refereeing squabbles. You are caring for the bodies and souls of the little ones the Lord has entrusted to you.
Older women? You are reaching out to younger women to encourage and to serve them because God exhorts you to this work in Titus 2.
Younger women? You are seeking to show Christ’s love to your classmates, your siblings, your parents, your coworkers as you trust Him with your future.
Those handling chronic illness or elderly parents? Single and lonely? Longing for children? Weathering the heartache of a prodigal child? Living in a difficult marriage? You are enduring, pushing through, because you know that God is pleased with your perseverance and will mature your faith by this suffering.
During the course of our life, we may pass through many of these seasons and stages. Each holds its own challenges and its own blessings. But as Christian women, there is one constant–the Lord who sees us. Let us keep our focus on Him and work with all our hearts in whatever work He places before us today.