While waiting in the parking lot of a big-box store, I watched as someone who was obviously an employee just arrived. Instead of going straight for the door, time was taken to go in the other direction, pick up something that had fallen over, and then head to work. I didn’t think the person was old enough to be a manager, so I thought about these actions as a lower-level employee who cared enough about the company and the boss to take care of the details even when they weren’t being watched by someone else. It appeared to me that this person had bought into the vision and the mission for this business.
Most aspects of being a good employee are about representing the company well through your work and actions. Do I take that same kind of care in how I represent the Lord? When have I put in too few hours and too little effort into cultivating my relationship with God?
When I put in part-time and lackadaisical effort into God’s Word, my Christian brothers and sisters, and prayer, it bears little fruit. Am I acting in a way where I feel just “Christian enough” to make myself feel comfortable? This usually involves checking off boxes on a spiritual to-do list and not really letting God engage with my heart. This halfhearted walk with Him does not really work, but I can be forgiven by God’s grace. I am so thankful for His forgiveness and His knowledge that I am weak on my own.
When I put my whole heart into His Word, into encouraging and helping others, and having an attitude of prayer, my heart can be at rest. It doesn’t mean that my life is perfect or peaceful- in this world we will have troubles! And my walk won’t be perfect, either. But I can rest in God and His promises, which I know better when I keep them close to my heart and on my mind.
What kind of Christian will you be today?
Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”