Have you ever been doing a task, and suddenly you realize that somebody is watching you? You then become very careful to do everything properly, and you may even go above and beyond to make sure you impress them, right? I have found myself doing this often. Recently, some pretty official people showed up where I work, and they were watching to make sure we were doing things properly. Needless to say, I showed extra caution to make sure I did everything right, because I didn’t want to get the store or myself in trouble! But as I was working, I realized something: Why is it that we tend to only go above and beyond when we are being watched by an authority? Why not all the time?
I feel like as humans, we tend to put in only as much effort as we believe the importance of the task to be. If it seems like a small, menial task, we only put in a small amount of effort. However, that is far from the right attitude. We are supposed to do everything for the Lord, work heartily, and be diligent in all we do. The truth is, we are always being watched by an authority, and one that is far more important and in charge than our bosses or parents. God sees everything. He knows everything. He knows our motives, our attitudes, our feelings, and everything we do because of it. So why wouldn’t we be going above and beyond and putting our whole selves into our work all the time?
No matter how small the task may seem, or how easily we could get by, let’s commit to putting all of ourselves into our work. Let’s choose to glorify God, and work wholeheartedly for Him instead of trying to impress other people.
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. –Colossians 3:23-24
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