Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
Sometimes it’s easy to get off track on the road of life. Society is inundated with “rights” and entitlement. Walking across the room to pick up something someone else left doesn’t make any sense; unless you know what’s in it for you. Going the extra-mile doesn’t even exist in the broad thinking of today.
I became victim to this mentality recently. I found myself picking up a mess someone else had left. This happens frequently at our house. It is not usually met with a joyful attitude of working for the Lord but rather anger at the other person for not cleaning up after themselves. We are working at learning to respect others by picking up our own mess and leaving things better than we found them. In the meantime it’s a lesson in grace.
Maybe you didn’t cause the problem or create the mess, but if you willingly work for the Lord and as a servant, He will honor it. Maybe not in earthly gain, but heavenly treasures. I think this lesson applies in all areas of life.
Did someone leave a project undone at work and leave you to finish it? Work willingly as to the Lord. Does all your hard work go unnoticed and you find it frustrating? Work willingly as to the Lord. Did your neighbor just shovel his leaves onto your yard? Work willingly as to the Lord. Maybe you find yourself in a spot where you can volunteer to help out, but aren’t going to receive anything in return. Work willingly as to the Lord.
We are trying to instill in our children that you don’t always get something for doing something. Sometimes, it’s just the right thing to do and in God’s economy it will all work out.
Somewhere in the midst of becoming equal, we’ve become entitled; only willing to do to get.
I think we need to get back to neighbors helping neighbors. Doing the right thing just because it’s the right thing. Going the extra-mile even when, especially when, no one will know it was you.
In a world so quick to post their acts of service, when was the last time you did anything without getting credit for it? We all want recognition for our accomplishments, but sometimes we forget the audience of one who is always watching us. In the still, quiet moment when nobody’s there, He sees your heart, your attitude, and work. Remember this the next time you find yourself in a situation; you can choose an attitude of entitlement and rights or the attitude of grace and going the extra-mile.
Father, help us to remember You look at our heart. Help us to willingly serve other people, even when we feel like it’s not our responsibility. Help us to go the extra-mile and work as unto You and not merely for man. Thank you Father. Amen.