Working is a part of the human life. Whether you work in an office or in the home, whether in the secular world or in ministry, each of us labor with our hands and mind.
Sometimes we love it while other times we do it gritting our teeth with frustration brewing within. Even the best of jobs bring on difficult days.
In Colossians 3:23, we are commanded to work “heartily.” The implications of this is that we should be working wholeheartedly and with a genuine heart.
A person who is working heartily for the Lord will give themselves fully to what God has called them to. They will strive to be faithful in both the little and big tasks God provides.
Furthermore, their heart motives will be genuine. As Christians, our work is an outflow of praise to the Lord. Our motive should always be to glorify God with all we do.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)
The world tells us to work for your own glory–to build your own kingdom. Even women who work inside the home can be caught with eyes set on their own kingdom. They may not be out for that monetary promotion but boy do they want to be promoted to, “Best Wife Ever” and “Mom of Perfect Kids”.
A writer may be in search of affirmation instead of bringing glory to God through their talent.
Our work is not for us. It’s for him.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, (Colossians 3:23 ESV)
In order to fix this way of thinking, we must seek to treasure what’s been already given to us more than anything we could ever get by building our own kingdom. Paul continues in Colossians 3:24:
…knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:24 ESV)
As Christians, we receive Jesus and all that is his. We receive an inheritance that’s worth exceeds our wildest dream and deepest desire.
Not only do we receive Jesus and eternity in heaven with no more sin or pain, we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3).
In Christ, we are gifted salvation, sanctification, adoption, grace, redemption, forgiveness, wisdom, insight, knowledge of his will, unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit who seals our inheritance. A soul who would continue to ponder even one of these blessings would be enthralled with God’s beauty and grace forever. (Ephesians 1:3-14).
Our inheritance in Jesus is more precious than any promotion or affirmation our hearts could ever long for.
Dwelling on the reward found in Christ will equip us to be Kingdom focused workers for God. It will enable us to let go of our own little kingdoms and use our lives to glorify him. Even the most mundane task is meaningful when done for his glory.
May the Lord grow us to be workers suitable for him.