What is work? Is it burdensome or bothersome? Or is it the place where our passion is pursued and a part of ourselves receives fulfillment
Have the days of feeling satisfaction from a job well done gone by?
Has the loss of morality and the endorsement of situational ethics caused us to lose hope in our work?
Has the world of instant answers caused us to quit at the slightest sign of adversity?
Have we considered our own work ethic?
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
Does anyone value:
Sweat falling from our brow…
Sore muscles from pushing past our limits…
Knowledge gained from a relentless pursuit of learning…
Making a difference and bearing the scars of our work…
Does this exist anymore?
My friends, the loss of work ethic is more tragic than we may realize. If we are unwilling to work hard, to seek out answers, and to push past our limits because its too hard or the world has beat us down; then how quickly will we quit on those we love when life becomes too hard for us then? Those who have a shallow work ethic will sacrifice little, slander much, and eat food at that they never earned. Those who sacrifice much for the benefit of others may have little material gain but will lay their heads down in peace. Their hearts will not be in turmoil nor suffer from moral bankruptcy. Those whose work ethic is pure will not conform to the pattern of the world.
“Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:1-2)
What is a living sacrifice? It is to offer the best of one self in spite of opposition. It is to offer our heart and soul to God even when the world continues to do evil and prosper. It is to be obedient to our belief in Him rather than giving into our selfish desires. It is to be broken and contrite but knowing that this is when God takes our empty hearts and fills it with His Spirit. It is to take hold of a new strength that is not our own. It is to fall upon our knees only to rise being lifted by the strong shoulders of Jesus.
This is the work ethic that is missing: To work with all our might as if Jesus is our boss. For if He is truly our Lord, affirmation from others isn’t necessary nor required. If Christ is our focus, the hard work we put forth is not in vain but will be another star in our crown. For if we are carving our efforts into others hearts and not into plaques or certificates the dividends that will be paid to us will be in one powerful statement as we enter the gates of heaven:
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21
Let us strive to live a life that is well done by God’s standard. May our work ethic remain steadfast and run the race until He calls us home. For our finish line is not made by human hands. Our efforts are not in vain and God is not overlooking our struggles. He is merely waiting upon our requests to be renewed, refilled, and strengthened by His Spirit. When we have reached the place where we realize we cannot do it by our own work ethic we have begun the journey to a significant existence rather than a successful one.
Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries