“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” (Colossians 3:23)
I think we all want to feel good and experience a sense of accomplishment about the efforts we make at work and in our daily responsibilities. But there are times when we just feel burned out by work, family, household chores, and other burdens and obligations. I know I certainly struggle balancing work with play! However I also know that I have no control over what my daily responsibilities are, but I do have control over my attitude and response to them. Since the beginning of time, God has given us work to do. And when we lose sight of who it is we are really working for, it can create an attitude of boredom, displeasure, and resentment. If we could work without complaining and keep in mind that we are not working for man (or for our own pleasure!) but for the Lord, we would find our work more enjoyable and even a blessing.
“The harvest is great but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into His fields.” (Matthew 9:37)
No job is too small or insignificant when you have the right motive and attitude. We must work with confidence and determination to be effective, and we should be hope-filled, humble, and thankful for the jobs God has blessed us with. Our work should be a sacrifice unto God, (not for anyone else’s approval!) and when we really put our heart into it our work, it will be transformed into an act of worship for him! There are lots of ways to work for God effectively……
- Work with enthusiasm (those who lack interest and fervor are ineffective in working for God)
- Remember who it is you are really working for (all our endeavors should bring glory and honor to Him)
- Give full effort and energy (we must be trustworthy and give a full, honest day’s work)
- Work with endurance (we must endure difficulties without being overcome)
- Be compassionate and supportive to those you work with (give compliments and words of thanks because more people learn about the love of God by our actions and words)
“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people: (Ephesians 6:7)
Our joy in the Lord should be a reflection of our personality at all times, and our work is no exception! It’s important to do a “heart-check” to see whether we are working for our own glory or for God’s. It’s important that we never lose sight of obeying God and following His direction when we are carrying out our daily responsibilities. We must represent ourselves as Christians who delight at giving full energy and effort at all times with a humble spirit of attitude.
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands.” – Psalm 90:17