Who Are We Working For?
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men...You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
The past few months have been my first real summer break from full-time college since 2016. I’ve been trying to spend my time learning new crafts, reading, and settling into the first year of marriage without having to constantly worry about textbooks and assignments. My sophomore and junior years of college were rough. I started freshman year feeling like I would conquer the world. Now I face the beginning of my senior year with a lot of failure and burnout under my belt.
You may not be experiencing the exact same situation as I am, but I’d bet there is at least one area in your life where you feel like you’re running out of steam. I would also bet that if you dug deep, you’d find this feeling of being “fed up” and on the edge is due to wrong motivations, wrong methods, or both. In my own heart there’s a mix of wanting to please God with my pursuit of truth in school and wanting to please others (and myself) with my accomplishments and abilities.
Even if the latter were present in the minority, it would still bring me to places of grief, half-heartedness, and bitterness in my work. We are created to work and produce good things, and because of the curse of sin, we’ll naturally experience some hardship in these endeavors. But if we forget why our exertion matters in the grand scheme of eternity, we will inevitably end up leading fruitless lives and driving ourselves insane in pursuit of our own hollow and selfish ends.
May we work heartily...yet not forget Who we are really working for.
Father, make me more aware of the weight of eternity. Strip me of any idolatry and love for this world, especially where it hinders me from bearing fruit and impacting the world in lasting ways. Help me remember, even in this, that such an impact is about You and not me. Make me small. And then empower me to humbly carry out my day-to-day responsibilities with a grateful and obedient heart. When I’m tired, show me how to rest. Your yoke is easy, and Your burden light. The yokes I place on myself are crushingly heavy. Remove them, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
List any areas of your life where you notice unbiblical motivations or methods working themselves into your endeavors. Confess the sin in this. Brainstorm some practical ways you can be reminding yourself to have a biblical perspective of your daily tasks (sticky note reminders, verse memorization, etc.).
Jessica is a native to the Appalachian mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, although she now resides in northern Virginia with her husband. She has been a lover of reading since elementary school and a lover of Christ since high school. She is a full time English major, in hopes that her studies will help her more effectively minister to other through written words. Her favorite things in the world are British tea, old books, autumn leaves, dry humor, and rainy weather. Her goal as a writer is to demonstrate how the Gospel, objective truth, and sound theology are not only applicable, but essential, to all aspects of life as a woman, especially in a world that celebrates sin, false doctrine, and self-sufficiency.