How We Do What We Do

As Paul instructs the Colossian Christians on how to live their daily lives while also pleasing God, he writes, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than men” (Colossians 3:23).

This powerful verse begins with, “Whatever you do…” which tells us that the following instruction is not exclusive to religious matters or secular matters. It does not apply only to family relationships or Christian friendships. Paul’s command applies to everything we do, regardless of our occupation or assigned task.

Next, Paul adds, “Do your work heartily.’’ The word “heartily” literally means “from the soul,”  which tells us that in everything we do, we should “put our soul into it.” Therefore, Christians should never intend or attempt to justify doing any work halfway. Instead, we need to give everything we do our full effort.

Then finally, Paul clarifies, “as for the Lord rather than men.” How hard do we need to work? How much effort should we spend? We must approach every task as if we are working directly for God.

Following this inspired instruction will take more of our effort, time, and energy. Keeping this command might cause us to stand out from the people around us. But obeying God and living a life pleasing to Him will ultimately result in a greater reward.

Matt Langfield