What type of preparations would you make if a world famous dignitary was coming to your home? At a minimum, you would thoroughly clean your home as you seek to make your best impression. In our service to God, do our lives represent that same level of concern and preparation? The Apostle Paul gives us the proper perspective for our work realizing that our service is ultimately to the Lord,

Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve. (Colossians 3:23-24)

The phrase “do your work heartily” literally means from the soul, it is the idea of putting your heart and soul into it. This is in contrast to those who simply desire to look good to others,

Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. (Colossians 3:22)

When we are seeking to minister to the Lord, we should have a reverential awe of the Lord wanting to do our best from the heart. A healthy fear of the Lord results in a holy walk before Him. We are not concerned about pleasing men because our focus is on our audience of one.

When you are seeking to please the Lord, then you’re not content with just enough to get by. If you’re focusing on serving God, then your dedication and commitment will set you apart from others. If you want to achieve the results that few people have, then you must do what few people are willing to do. Fortune favors the prepared mind.

Notice that it is from the Lord Jesus that you will receive an inheritance. In the words of R.G. Lee, there will be a pay day some day. May you hear, “Well done good and faithful servant” as you do your work heartily unto the Lord.

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. (Colossians 3:17)

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

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