Thursday, July 14, 2005

Working For The Lord

We live in a world where work is the center of our lives. Many wake up, go to work, get home, sleep, and then do it all over again the next day. I know that I find myself constantly in the middle of work. In fact, sometimes I become physically sick because of the amount of work I do with the limited amount of sleep I get.

During these tough times, when I feel that all I do is work, I sometimes get discouraged and want to just sit down and do nothing even though I know that things still need to be done. It's at these moments that I have to remind myself that I should be doing my best - not for man, but for God.

Colossians 3:23-24 says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."

To put it plainly, all of the work we do should be done in order to please God. Notice how this passage does not say, "work half-heartedly", but rather says, "work [...] with all of your heart"! All work that we do should be done with all of our vigor and strength. Our hard work will eventually pay off and we will receive our reward from the Lord! I don't know about you, but it makes me feel good to know that I am serving a God that recognizes my work.

So, if you find yourself half-heartedly doing you work - or you feel like the work you do doesn't matter - ask God to give you the strength and motivation to work at everything with all of your heart. After all, the more diligent you are, the more your desires will be satisfied (Proverbs 13:4).

2 comments:

Jake Hart said...

For a long time, I was dissatisfied with my job, and rightly so. It was job that was going nowhere with a company that was going nowhere. Well atleast that is what I thought at the time.

However, the problem with the job really wasn't the company, it was my approach to the work. It wasn't until I made the commitment to live a Collosians 3:23-24 life at work did things turn for the better. God is blessing my work,my company, and my life in ways that I could only dream about a few years ago.

Great Insight Collin! I keep that scripture buried under the everpresent stack of paper on my desk to serve as a reminder of my commitment.

Jake Hart

tasha said...

Hey Collin you put my favorite verse on this post( colossians 3:23) i love it. Anytime that i think about quiting a project even if it is work related or not i always think about that scripture and it helps me get through it and not quit.