Whatever you do. Whatever the task, work, relationship, worship – anything and everything that I do each and every day, each and every moment.
Work heartily. Whatever I do, I need to work heartily, or as some versions say with enthusiasm. I need to always give it everything that I have got. Heartily in the Greek means from the soul. Do I always, with enthusiasm tackle the things around my house – the laundry, the dishes, the yard, cooking, mopping, cleaning – the answer is NO! Do I always with enthusiasm worship heartily – the answer is NO! This verse tells me the answer should always be YES! Slowly, I’m learning. As I’m on my riding mower I am in worship and awe of the birds, the clouds and praying for those I know and love. As I rise in the morning, I am rising heartily to greet a new day and a beautiful sunrise. When I am washing clothes I give thanks for them and also the food as I am cooking. As work, build relationships, serve with joy, and be honest.
As for the Lord and not for men. No matter what our job is or what is going on in our lives, we should be doing it as for the Lord and not for men or ourselves. Working for the Lord has eternal rewards that are not found by pleasing men. When you are on the job, at church, and home are you doing for the Lord or for men or for you? Are you doing it to be approved, rewarded, admired, complimented, praised or adored by men? We should be working diligently, and it should always be only for Him – not for our spouses, our children our bosses – but only Him and the rest will fall into place.
The Lord’s inheritance is your reward. Sometimes our jobs do not feel rewarding, and maybe you do not receive that pay raise or promotion or even a pat on the back with a thank you that you were expecting, or you may work so hard at home cleaning and cooking and never feel appreciated, taking care of elderly parents and feeling down and needing rest, or maybe you are in school where you have worked so hard to get an “A” and it did not happen. Remember that the inheritance you are promised is your reward.
“Let me encourage you. No one may see the behind-the-scenes work Jesus is doing through you, but God the Father sees. And He’s cheering you on.” (Limitless Life, Pastor Derwin Gray, p. 203)