The Task at Hand: Work Heartily.

23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23–24 (ESV)

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he has a doctrinal section in chapters 0ne and Two, followed by an application section in chapters Three and Four. Chapter Three begins with these words: “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”  

God commands believers in Christ to seek the things which are above. In other words, believers in Christ are to pursue the things which are heavenly, or which originate and are sourced in the Lord. These would include worship, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and sharing the Gospel. It also involves righteous living.

One of the areas of righteous living here on earth involves the believer’s work or labor. Paul stated in today’s text that regardless of whatever the believer is called or gifted to do, they are to work heartily. This means to include one’s intellect, emotions and will into the activity of work. The believer, in a positive way, is to work with their whole heart.

To work heartily comes when one’s focus is not on the work at hand, or either one’s employer or boss. Rather, the believer’s focus at, and during, work is to be the Lord and not men. In reality, each worker, regardless of what they do, is serving the Lord Jesus Christ.

The late conservative radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, often described his work as “having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have.” He also described his ability to communicate as “talent on loan from God.”

May each of us take the talent, and spiritual gifts, God has entrusted to each believer in Christ, and may we have more fun doing our work than a Christian should be allowed to have.

Have a blessed day.

Soli deo Gloria!   

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