By Zach Wood
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
I am amazed at the people I see each day that are totally dedicated to their work. You have seen them. They always seem to have a smile on their face. You very rarely ever hear them complain. They are always willing to help someone else out if a need arises. They are encouraging to others and uplifting to be around. I see people like this every single day and I admire their attitude. Then, I look inward at the condition of my heart and I question my dedication. I question whether I am dedicated to the work I do each day.
To be honest, I find myself complaining so often about what I am doing. I may say voice the complaint in a way that is trying to be humorous, but underneath, I am really trying to complain and get my frustration out. I have been convicted of this so many times no matter where I am at or what I am doing. This does not just apply to my current day job, it applies to any work I do at home, helping others out, and even volunteering at church. I find myself sometimes thinking of what I would rather be doing. There are times when the dedication is just not there and I want to be somewhere else. I believe we all struggle with this.
The other night when I was reading this passage, I became very convicted and heart broken. God really challenged my thinking and convicted me that no matter what I am doing or where I am, I need to be doing what I am doing with all my heart as working for the Lord. My mind and heart need to be focused on doing the absolute best I possibly can do with the task(s) in front of me. As I continued to think about this, I realized that my attitude is going to speak volumes to people. People will either see someone who is dedicated to the work or someone who just feels like complaining whenever approached. I surely do not want to be that kind of person, especially if I am trying to be a witness for Christ.
I want to encourage all of us to be better dedicated workers wherever we are and whatever we are doing. No matter what we have been asked to do, we need to be positive and do the best job we can do. If our attitude becomes sour, people will be affected and our witness weakened. If we strive to do the best we can with whatever work we are doing and give our best effort, that will spread like wildfire to the people around us and they will see a dedicated worker. That draws people's attention!
Christ calls us to be our best wherever we are, no matter what we are doing. Is it hard? Sometimes yes. Is it impossible? Well....yes.....that is, without God! With God, it is totally possible!
How is your work dedication?