S - http://bible.com/100/col.3.8-24.nasb But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 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.
O - Paul's words to the church at Colossus was a word of encouragement and guidelines on how to carry out God's mission for the church. He did not say do everything in your power to build influence and take control of the circumstances so that you may be in charge and tell everyone about the good news. What he did say is to obey your masters and serve; however, the difference would be the why and for whom you serve with a willing heart. We are to work as unto the Lord.
A - The application for me is a strong reminder that I will have masters in and of this world, and I am to serve as a witness to whom we serve. When we serve with love, passion, and excellence our masters receive a spirit of service that they wouldn't from someone serving out of requirement. When we serve from a place of the love of God and the love of others, we are able to answer the question why when asked , because God saved me, through his son Jesus from the ultimate bondage, death by sin, my chains have been loosed and now I serve out of gratefullness for the freedom I have found in Christ.
P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you today for your word and your spirit. May your spirit fill me and drive out the spirit of doubt, anxiety, and depression , so that I may serve you with a cheerful heart, and glorify your name.