Work with All Your Heart

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 NLT

Employers pay attention to work ethic. They observe what you do and how you do it. Some employees are excellent workers but that excellence only surface when there is an audience. There are some who will work with excellence if they have the position they desire. Then there are those who will work with excellence in any position with or without an audience.

The Apostle Paul recognized even in his time that all workers were not the same. There are some people of faith who believe that there in a difference between working for a secular employer and working for the kingdom of God. Paul wanted the church to know that the work ethic is the same where ever they go. He told the Ephesians Church, “not in the way of eye-service [working only when someone is watching you and only] to please men, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart;” Ephesians 6:6 AMP. So service unto the Lord includes what you do when you are at work.

This also addresses the attitude in service. Unfortunately, we live in a time when people are reluctant to participate in the service of the Lord. Some would volunteer if the activity is pleasing and very visible. One person said that there are four kinds of people in every community: those who are unwilling and unable; some who are willing but unable; some who are able and unwilling and a few who are willing and able. Which group describes your attitude about service unto the Lord?

Now, you might be thinking, I don’t want to do anything. I’m happy the way I am; I want to continue doing what I choose. Well there are benefits for service when you work for the Lord.  Matthew 10:42 says, “And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”In other words, in the beginning level, God rewards service.1 Corinthians 3:8 says, “The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.”  This should calm the fears of those who feel that if they work with others, they will lose their reward. God promotes teamwork so if two people work on the same project, each will receive their reward. Work to receive a reward.

Thought for Today: Friend, serve God willingly from the heart.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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