Kudos (Colossians 3:23-24)

For my business, I keep a spreadsheet documenting kudos I or others have given to my employees. When I give each employee their annual performance review, I rely upon these notes to complete my evaluation.  The word kudos is derived from the ancient Greek word kydos and means acclaim or praise for exceptional achievement or glory or fame, especially in battle. (Source Dictionary.com)


This is exactly my intentions for kudos bestowed upon my employees. But what about me? Who gives me kudos for my work? At times, I fall into the egotistical trap of seeking kudos from my employees. Other times, I seek kudos from my clients, hoping they will compliment me for the services I provide to them and their patients. There is nothing wrong to give praise when it is deserved and I have appreciated and cherished the moments when I am on the receiving end of the kudos. But I must always guard against being tested by this praise, lapsing into self-indulgence and lauding my efforts instead of recognizing that it is only because of God that I am able to work.


Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)


It is my privilege to serve God with my work and the only kudos that have eternal significance come from Him alone. Every day, every moment, is a spiritual battle and the kudos I receive from Him will be the scars that I acquire by remaining faithful to Him. My reward will be to inherit eternal life and salvation through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.


Kudos to God!




Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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