Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
This has always been one of my favorite scriptures. My father’s service in the Navy definitely had an impact on how my sisters and I were raised. He instilled in us at a very young age to always work hard and to always finish what we started.
In sports, we knew his expectations. Give 100%. Don’t complain. And even if you got hurt you better not cry on the field or the court. We had a team that was counting on us. That meant you showed up, showed out, and you certainly didn’t miss practice. I believe that God’s expectations for us in regards to our work ethic and servanthood are the same. Maybe you feel like you are stuck in a meaningless job where you don’t receive the credit
or the accolades that you deserve. Maybe you are feeling overworked and underpaid. Maybe God called you to serve in the trenches, but He called your friend to stand in the spotlight. This is where we truly have to die to our flesh and own selfish desires. We are here to glorify God. Not ourselves. We are to be Jesus to the world. Jesus worked hard. Jesus served hard. Jesus showed up. He didn’t expect a round of applause, and when times got tough He leaned on his Father. Philippians 4:13 states, “I
can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” God doesn’t want Christianity depicted or associated with laziness. He wants his army to be strong, determined, dedicated individuals that represent hope. He wants us to be light in the darkness. It is so important to remember that our job IS our mission field. It is so important to remember that some co-workers or clients may never step foot into a church. We may be the only Jesus they get a glance of, and if we are lazy, grumbling individuals proclaiming Jesus – well, you get it. No matter how pointless your daily tasks may seem to you, the way you complete them is extremely important to furthering God’s Kingdom. Let’s work for God. Let’s work with passion.
Dear God, please help me to remember that every single task that I complete today is for you. Help me to serve and to work with my whole entire heart. Help me to be passionate. Help me shake off any lazy tendencies that may try to rise up, and when I want to quit remind me that Jesus never quit. Let me never forget that with your strength I can do anything. Amen.