it, without threatening our jobs.

As Christians, Paul is telling us that our work calls for a level of integrity that might not come naturally to us. That�s why we started with the idea of remembering who our real boss is. We are to obey our supervisors in everything, even when they�re not watching us. Even when they can�t see what we�re doing.

This is a perfect illustration of how it�s true that the person you really are, not the one you claim to be, is revealed when no one else is around. Do we do the right thing when no one else can see? Do we work well when no one else sees we�re working hard? This is a temptation for all of us � to slack off when no one is watching. But when we do that, it shows that we�re doing what the KJV of these verses calls �eye-service�, and we�re just �men-pleasers.�

This is an expression that only Paul uses in the NT, in only two places,here and in Ephesians 6: 5-7, where he writes:

Slaves, obey your masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

This is almost a parallel passage to the verses we�re looking at in Colossians, reiterating many of the same ideas.

So, we are to do our jobs well whether or not we�re being monitored, we don�t do them just to gain our bosses favor, and we do it with sincerity of heart, or as the KJV says �singleness of heart� � which indicates a singleness of purpose.

When we�re working, even in our secular jobs, or in our classroom, or in our home, we�re to do all these things with this kind of attitude of heart.

Why? Again, because ultimately we�re not serving our earthly boss. Ultimately, we�re not even doing it primarily for the paycheck. We�re serving the Lord. We�re doing what we do as if we�re doing it for the Lord Himself.

Can you see how such an attitude could revolutionize the workplace?

Bad attitudes in the workplace are legendary. It�s very common to join a conversation in a workplace and hear people complaining about almost every aspect of their jobs. Everybody looks forward to the weekends, or days off, because we don�t have to work on those days. Now, admittedly, there�s a cycle of work and rest that we ignore at our own peril, but for many people, they work only because they have to. I owe I owe, so off to work I go.

Can you imagine how, if we really took seriously the ideas in these passages of scripture, how it would revolutionize our attitudes toward work, and how if it spread, it could truly impact the places we work?

Well, you say, Bill, you just don�t understand. You don�t work where I work. You don�t