Words from the Heart for Sunday February 11th, 2018
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
The work ethic given us in the Scripture really begins in the garden. In every area of our life we honour the Lord by how faithfully we do our work. We are not just doing it to satisfy the eyes of those around us. We are actually working for the Lord. In every assignment today He makes His help and strength and wisdom available to us. We are not making a name for ourselves. Rather, we are bringing glory to His name.
A recent study released in Maclean’s Magazine, dealing with work habits of Canadians, might surprise you. It found that the most productive employees frequently work less than eight hours a day, taking frequent breaks, and that the best musicians practice less than their peers and take extended rest periods. According to University of Toronto sociology professor Scott Schieman, “There’s strong evidence that disengagement, breaking away, can help recharge people cognitively.” It appears that the most productive employees aren’t necessarily the ones who work all the time.
From the time that God took Adam by the hand and led him to the Garden of Eden, commanding him to tend it, God had work planned for men and women. He knew that human beings would find great satisfaction and worth in using their strength and their creative energies in a regular basis. The Bible often speaks of worth and by the time we get to the New Testament, God lays down very specific instructions to those who have come to faith in Jesus Christ. Colossians 3:23 says “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Our redemption is not dependent upon our own efforts or our good works. It is provided by Jesus’ death on the cross and is appropriated by faith. Just as Adam and Eve were created to find satisfaction in work, we are recreated in Christ to serve the Living God. We do that in whatever work the Lord has for us to do. It doesn’t matter who our boss is. Ultimately we do what we are called to do to bring honour to our Saviour God.
These have been words from the heart.