“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.” (Colossians 3:23)
What do you do with all your heart?
No matter what it is that we are doing; work or play, fellowship or stewardship, entertaining or having quiet time, no matter how ordinary, boring, or unimportant it may seem, we have to work at it wholeheartedly. There are just some things in life that we don’t get to choose, and situations that we simply can’t control; some work we will like doing, but some won’t be as attractive. Nonetheless, we should have a certain pride in the way we do things, because the true test of our character is when we fulfill all of our responsibilities and commitments with all our heart. What this means is…we must be genuine and sincere and give it everything we have got!
“Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flows the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
God does not accept grudging service from anyone; everything we do is an opportunity to glorify God. But what about when we are called to do something that we absolutely dread? Do we let out a loud sigh and put on a fake smile, roll our eyes when no one is looking, and perform the task with just enough effort to get us through it? How often do we live complaining, murmuring, demanding, and only doing what is necessary to meet our obligations? Wouldn't it be more beneficial to everyone if only we would cheerfully perform any act of obedience wholeheartedly? God gives us everything we need to have, and lots of things we want to have, and yet we still complain when we…
…are called to serve in an area that is uncomfortable to us
…perform a task that we feel is beneath us
…feel that we don’t have the time or energy for another obligation
…or simply dislike the assignment or situation…
…but If we only give or perform out of duty with a grumbling approach, our heart attitude is all wrong!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
With all our hearts we can do anything; even something we are not really good or well equipped for. We should never let anything stop us from reaching for higher goals and expectations, because if we put our heart and our mind into everything we do, nothing can stop us. To be good at whatever God has called us to do requires our faith and endurance to accomplish the task. It doesn’t mean the absence of mistakes, but it means conviction and determination with a faithful heart. So right or wrong, good or bad, every item on our agenda should be done with joy, confidence, and a heart that is sincere and grateful. Everything we think, everything we say, and everything we do, is to be God-centered. Regardless of the task or circumstance, it becomes worship when we dedicate it to God and perform it with an open and authentic heart, and we should thank God for the gift of being a part of everything we do in life…the gift of making everything matter.