Josh Wilson – Glendale Student Pastor
Working hard. It’s a phrase we hear a lot. We tell students to work hard in school, are expected as employees to work hard every day, and most everyone would agree that it’s always better to work hard. I would like to say that I’m a person that works hard, but there is a natural question that follows this phrase: what does it mean to work hard?
Often in life we find ourselves working hard for various reasons. We work hard to get good grades, to get the promotion at work, or to get ahead of someone else. We work hard for a lot of reasons, but at what point does normal work transition over to hard work?
We can all come up with a definition, but there is only one that I think sets the standard of hard work and that comes from the Bible. Take a look at Colossians 3:23-24:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
This verse is a real gut check. The worlds standard of working hard is all about getting ahead of the next person or doing just enough to receive additional praise from others. Paul sets a new standard when he explains that to work hard means to do something with all your heart for God’s glory alone.
I encourage you, in whatever stage of life you find yourself in, to think about those two things. First, what would it take for you to say that you did something with all your heart? If I’m honest, very rarely do I do things will all of my heart. There is always a sense that I could have done more or I could have gone one step forward. Instead, we must be people that do not strive to hit the world’s standard of effort, but God’s.
Second question to ponder, am I willing to do everything fully for God’s glory? The American way is that we should only invest our time and energy if we personally gain a reward or praise for doing it. But Jesus explains that when we come under his plan, we die to ourselves; meaning we die to our plans, desires, and our personal glory. Instead, God wants us to do everything for His glory so that He will be praised and honored, not us.
These are two difficult tasks to complete, but if we as Christians do everything with our full hearts for God’s glory it will not only change and better our lives, but it will also show the world what we’re really about; doing everything for Christ alone. Let this prayer be always on our hearts:
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11