Honest work

The apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3:23–24,

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

The world that we live in today is filled with busyness. Society perceives busy as successful, encouraging an over-scheduled lifestyle. It’s only natural to conform to this belief and lifestyle. A lot of people with good intentions are constantly overwhelmed with meetings, activities, and social engagements. It’s tempting to believe that pushing yourself is good, but the Lord commands us to rest. Without rest, you can not be healed and restored. You can actually overwork yourself into acedia, an exhausted defeat. It comes from failing to rest in God and listen to His desire for our work and activity. You choose to worship power and prestige, and you become numb.

You aren’t doing honest work when you work for something other than God. And work never intended for you will leave you restless with a tired spirit. Your exhaustion will damage you. It brings discontentment in all areas of your life because there is no real substance. You are chasing contentment in the fleeting, and that will always disappoint. Acedia detaches you from people who God has entrusted to your care. Your agenda replaces the journey He invites you to take. Chasing contentment will distract you from His will for you, honest work of definite importance.

“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need.” Ephesians 4:28

If you let Him, He will lead you away from what is robbing you and give you a sense of mission. He will walk with you, every step of the way, and show you how your gifts are made to serve. Only then, you can know true contentment.

I pray that you surrender your will to His better plan.

Cassie Smith

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