Eat What You Kill (Colossians 3:23-24)

In my former pathology group, I was a salaried employee. While the compensation was competitive with other regional pathology groups, it masked an inequitable situation of an unequal distribution of work. Some partners worked twice as hard as others and this penalized these more productive partners who were essentially compensating for the inefficiency or laziness of their colleagues. While there were numerous meetings that attempted to address this issue, it was never resolved. 

Thus, when I formed my group, I was determined to not repeat these distasteful experiences. For every associate who joins my company, they are paid by the number of cases they complete. If some associates are more productive than others, they will be appropriately compensated. Conversely if some associates chose to work less, their compensation will directly reflect their decreased workload. 

You eat what you kill.

In work, there may be inequality between the amount of work produced and compensation. Eating what you kill is one way to break down these barriers of inequality. What about in the Kingdom of God? For all who confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, salvation and eternal life are granted. This is the supreme goal of all believers. Yet, once saved, there are some believers who are more committed to serving God than others. Do they receive greater heavenly rewards? After all, as it is on earth, isn’t it also in heaven? 

While there are verses in the Bible that suggest there are varying degrees of rewards for the saints in heaven, we must remember that the Bible does not go into detail what these rewards are nor does it suggest that as believers we work for these rewards. Salvation through faith and belief in Jesus Christ will bring us into His presence but rewards will not make it better. 

Our focus should be upon the forgiveness of our sins and the reward of eternal life through faith and belief in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our works of faith should focus on sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to everyone we meet. The more works of faith we accomplish in this life is not to secure a greater reward in heaven but done out of thanksgiving for the promised reward that He bestows upon us.

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,  knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. Colossians 3:23-24 (NASB)

In the workplace, your reward may be represented by what you eat, you kill. In God’s Kingdom, we will someday dine in His glorious presence because He was killed and resurrected for our sake. Nothing we did accomplished this. It is the pure gift of God through His grace and mercy.

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

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