Do Your Best
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
Colossians 3:23 is a powerful reminder. I do like the way the MSG states it though: “Don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best, Work from the heart for your real Master, for God…Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.”
Somehow, that sticks. We are held to a higher standard because of who we claim to serve. If we are working for Him, to further His kingdom, our work should be done to the best of our ability and with JOY! When I was a kid, this was often presented as Jesus was in the room watching; would I shove something under my bed or fold it neatly and put it where it belonged? The right choice is obviously the latter, but the point is: sometimes we need the reminder that God is always watching. Not like Santa keeping track of who’s naughty or nice, but watching the motives of our heart.
Jesus said, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” (Luke 6:45, NLT) Likewise, our actions and attitudes flow from the same place.
I’m challenging each of us to let the real focus of this week’s work to be pleasing God with our work, attitudes, and words. Not because it will make life more pleasant, but because it’s what we are called to do: honor God and further His kingdom. There will be plenty of opportunities to complain or criticize, but far more to serve “as though you [are] working for the Lord”.