Colossians 3: 23, 24
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily.”
A prevailing thought or behavior with many who resent work has been, do it with as little effort as possible and do as little as we can get away with.
To the Greek community, this was literally called, “eye service.” In other words, when the boss is looking we are working hard, however, when he looks away, the halfhearted worker produced a half-done job.
Does that sound familiar?
How do we worship God and cheat our employers at the same time? What logic is used to justify such behavior?
Our devotional text says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily.” The Greek word here for heart is psuchē, psoo-khay. This same word is translated “soul.” Whatever we do is to come from our inner being. When something is done from the soul, all of our strength of life is behind it. The thought is whatever we do; we are to put our heart into it.
Wow! I do not like my job— “Put your heart into it.” My employer is a jerk and difficult to work with—”Put your heart into it.” They do not pay me enough for this—”Put your heart into it.”
Our devotional passage does not open the door to make excuses, but it calls us to a higher level of performance in spite of our work conditions.
How about that, we are so committed to our faith that we will provide excellent service in, “Whatever we do.”
So, as Christians, whatever we do, we are to put our heart into it.
Question: What is your excuse for not performing well on your job?
Lord, today we choose to raise our level of work performance by giving all we have to do an excellent job, Amen.