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
I’ve been thinking a lot about these verses lately. I don’t know about you, but I work a lot. I wash dishes, I clean my room, I write e-mails, I fold laundry, I make breakfast, and I could go on. I bet you have a list of things you do too. Sometimes I feel like the list of things to do keeps getting longer and longer.
If you’re like me, pretty much all I can think about when I’m doing these mundane tasks is, I just want to get this done so I can go off and do what I want to do. All I can think about is how to finish up quickly. Rarely, I put my heart into the task. It is easy for me to tell my hands to wash the dishes, but it’s much harder to put my heart into a task.
But God has been changing that. Over the past few weeks, He’s been helping me to see this simple truth. In whatever I do, it should be for Christ. I should do everything I do as though I am working for God. So when I wash the dishes, I’m washing God’s dishes. When I vacuum the carpet, I’m vacuuming God’s carpet. When I write an article, I write it for God.
I know that this can sound funny, but when you think about it this verse says that we work for God. So none of our work is for mom or dad or our boss, it’s all for God. All of the things we do on a daily basis should reflect the love of Our Lord.
But how do we work at something with all our heart? First try to start thinking about your work as though you were working for God. Every time you approach a task, approach it as though God had given you the task. Then attack the task with the strength that God supplies.
Then there’s the heart. Put your heart into it. Let your heart spill over as you work. Pick up your feet and do it with every fiber of your being.
It’s not easy to do this, especially when I’m tired and the thought of sweeping is enough to send me deeper into the couch. Yet God always seems to gives me strength to get through those times. I finish the task.
My challenge for you is to wake up tomorrow morning and whatever you do work at it with all your heart, be that washing dishes, folding clothes, college, job, vacuuming, loving your siblings, or whatever, work at it the all you heart.
Remember this: God is at work within you doing things that you can’t imagine. Maybe you can’t see it all, but God does. Do what you’ve been called to do for today and let God take care of the details.