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. Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
I know the difference. You know the difference between what? I know the difference between doing my work with wholehearted and halfhearted effort. Good for you. Let me tell you a secret. Do you want to know who else knows the difference between your wholehearted and halfhearted effort even better than you do? Yes, I do. Who? Everyone else. Can you explain that to me? Yes, I can. Let me ask you a question. Go ahead, you have my full attention. Have you ever noticed someone going about their work with less than their full and best effort? I notice that all the time. It is easy to spot. Yes, it is. It is also easy to spot when you give less than your full effort. You can’t disguise work that is less than your best effort. I have never made the connection between what I can observe about others work and what others are able to observe about my own work. This is something for you to think about more deeply. Yes, it is.
What happens when you give your full and wholehearted effort to your work? I feel gratified in knowing that I have given and done my best. I feel satisfied in knowing that I have gone and done what you have asked of me. I feel peaceful in knowing that I have accomplished the work you have given me to do. Wait a minute? What work have I given to you? Well, all the work I have been given in this life comes from you. It may look like and be true that my work is serving others. But in reality, in all the work I do in this life I am really serving you. That’s true. So, when you give your very best and wholehearted effort in your work you are serving me as a bold witness in the world. How so? Your work stands out. Your work is a cut above. Your work is done fully and completely. Your work is done with excellence. Others can see your work and will know how and why you give yourself so wholeheartedly. They will? Yes, they will.
Then I will give myself wholeheartedly to my work because I want to be a bold and bright witness for you in the world. I want others to know that you are making me able to do my work. I want others to see that you are working in and through my life. You are making me able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Yes, I am. I will do all my work in this life as if I am directly serving you. Why is that? Because, I am. That’s true, you are.
Lord, there have been many times I have gone through the motions and half-heartedly done my work. Help me to be a bold witness for you in this world by my wholeheartedly doing all the work I have been given. I know it is you who I am really serving in this life. Amen
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