Work willingly at whatever you do; as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people Colossians 3:23, NLT.
I am often reminded of this verse especially when the thought of slacking off enters my mind. In the workplace you usually run into someone who does very little and gets away with it, while a hardworking person seems to have to work harder as they pick up the slack. This makes a hard working person feel unappreciated and overwhelmed. I know I'm not the only person who has ever felt this way. Am I right? This doesn't seem fair!
If you agree with me then we are in the same boat. As the wave of emotions come crashing in on us it is anything but smooth sailing. Here is something to think about when this happens. Doesn't God have the ability to calm the waves? Of course He does! God is in control of everything. All we need to do is focus on Him.
What does your heart tell you? Colossians 3:23 (NIV) tells us: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart. Sometimes my heart is just not in it, so remember God knows our heart. Our hearts need to be rooted in our relationship with the Lord. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me Psalm 51:10, (KJV). Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable Philippians 4:8,(NLT).
God is the ultimate boss over our lives and He deserves the very best from us. When we focus on God we should be willing to work diligently (persistent effort) with all our heart unto the Lord. After we fix our thoughts we will be reminded to help others, love one another, and lift each other up. This is a choice we need to make when working for the Lord. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you Luke 6:31, (NIV). Remember the one we serve above all is the Lord. Regardless of the type of work we do or the circumstances which surround us let's do our very best to make Him proud.