Fresh Hope – 10th January 2019

Colossians 3:23, ‘Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others’.  

This scripture tells us two things about how God wants us to work:

1. We aren’t supposed to be ‘bare minimum’ people – just doing whatever will keep us out of trouble with our boss. There is a big difference between the taste and quality of a homemade cake made from scratch, and a cake that a machine has produced in a factory. The difference is that one is made with heart and soul, the other without.

When we work, God has told us to do it with our heart and soul. Your heart and soul are the sources of your mind/thinking, and emotions/feelings. In other words, God wants us to do our job with feelings, emotions, desire and thought attached! We aren’t supposed to do our work as mindless robots, rather with PASSION!

2. We aren’t supposed to be working for approval from man. Too easily our work can become about working for a response from people. You work hard for your bosses’ affirmation, your leader’s approval, your friends’ accolade, or a sense of self worth. While working hard for people isn’t itself bad, when we do it to get something FROM them, we actually sell ours efforts short. When you instead work for the Lord, your focus and motivation changes. Your standard rises. When you put your heart and soul into your job for God, you are no longer governed and swayed by man’s thoughts and opinions, but are instead guided by something higher and better. Ironically you end up blessing others in your work more, because youseek first the kingdom’ (Matthew 6:33), and do your best by God, not merely man. Who do you do your work for?

When you work for God you aren’t easily offended. Your security isn’t wrapped up in how you feel others think you are doing, because you are more concerned with how God thinks you are doing.

God hasn’t called us to be ‘bare-minimum people’. He has called us to be people of passion. People who put their heart and their soul into their work…. And we dont do it for man, we do it to for God!

Emma Burchell

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