Wives, submit to your husbands in a way that is appropriate in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and don’t be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, because this pleases the Lord. Parents, don’t provoke your children in a way that ends up discouraging them. Slaves, obey your masters on earth in everything. Don’t just obey like people pleasers when they are watching. Instead, obey with the single motivation of fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people. You know that you will receive an inheritance as a reward. You serve the Lord Christ. But evildoers will receive their reward for their evil actions. There is no discrimination. Masters, be just and fair to your slaves, knowing that you yourselves have a master in heaven. (Colossians 3:18— 4:1, CEB)
DOn’t just do what you should when people are watching, but do what you should for fear of the Lord. Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for yourself or for people. You are not trying to make people happy by serving them. You are doing what the Lord prepared for you to do.
the heart for the Lord is the motivation we need. Not for the prize or recognition here, but to make the Lord happy and to serve as we were served.
Loving People. Loving God.