Do you work heartedly… Colossians 3:23

22Servants, in everything obey those who are your masters on earth, not only with external service, as those who merely please people, but with sincerity of heart because of your fear of the Lord.

23Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,

24knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward.

It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.

25For he who does wrong will be punished for his wrongdoing, and [with God] there is no partiality [no special treatment based on a person’s position in life].

Colossians 3:22-25

Select Commentary

The Pulpit Commentary – “From [ἐκ, out of] the soul “indicates the spring of their exertions – inward principle, not outward compulsion; the servant must put his soul into his work. “Soul” implies, even more than “heart,” the engagement of the man’s best individual powers (comp. Philippians 1:27, as well as Ephesians 6:6). The slaves’ daily taskwork is to be done, not only in sight and in fear of the Lord (ver. 22 b; Ephesians 5:21), but as actually “to the Lord.” Him they are serving (ver. 24 b), who alone is “the Lord” (Colossians 2:6); every mean and hard task is dignified and sweetened by the thought of being done for him, and the commonest work must be done with the zeal and thoroughness that his service demands (comp. Ephesians 6:7, “with good will doing bond service”). The word “not” (οὐ instead of μὴ) implies that their service is actually rendered to One other and higher than “men” (1 Corinthians 7:22; Galatians 1:10).

Matthew Henry Commentary – “Servants are to do their duty, and obey their masters’ commands, in all things consistent with duty to God their heavenly Master. They must be both just and diligent; without selfish designs, or hypocrisy and disguise. Those who fear God, will be just and faithful when from under their master’s eye, because they know they are under the eye of God. And do all with diligence, not idly and slothfully; cheerfully, not discontented at the providence of God which put them in that relation.

And for servants’ encouragement, let them know, that in serving their masters according to the command of Christ, they serve Christ, and he will give them a glorious reward at last.

But, on the other hand, he who doeth wrong, shall receive for the wrong which he hath done. God will punish the unjust, as well as reward the faithful servant; and the same if masters wrong their servants. For the righteous Judge of the earth will deal justly between master and servant. Both will stand upon a level at his tribunal. How happy would true religion make the world, if it every where prevailed, influenced every state of things, and every relation of life! But the profession of those persons who are regardless of duties, and give just cause for complaint to those they are connected with, deceives themselves, as well as brings reproach on the gospel.”

Matthew Poole’s Commentary – Yea, courageously and cheerfully, from the very soul, not constrainedly and murmuringly, though they be froward and their commands harsh; making account it is Jesus Christ, (who hath power over soul and body, Matthew 10:28), not mortal men only, or in and for themselves, whom you serve, {see Ephesians 6:7} have an eye unto this Sovereign Lord, in the servile office your masters on earth do employ you.

Gill’s Exposition – do it heartily, not by mere force and necessity, grudgingly, and with murmurings, but from the heart, and with good will, having a true, real, and hearty affection for their masters, having their good and interest at heart, and a delight in their service; like the Hebrew servant, that loved his master, as also his wife and children, and therefore would not depart from him, see Exodus 21:5,

Key Words

Hearts Heartily Labour Rather Readily Serving Soul Task Whatever Whatsoever Work Working

My Pondering

Wow, there is much wisdom regarding working in this passage. We see the proverbial carrot and the stick. Obviously, our sometimes fickle, oft wondering hearts need the rod. Discipline is important to be a disciple (notice the words are a wee but similar). High performing athletes, military veterans and diligent workers need discipline.

Yet, we also we there is a great reward promised for those who obey. Not just in the ‘here and now’ but more so into eternity. When we work, when our motivation, when our heart and soul is behind our endeavors God is glorified, thus we are rewarded infinity by Christ Himself,mas it He who is our ultimate boss. That’s BOSS my friend! Ponder that!

Let’s be intolerant towards mediocrity, crush slothfulness, and leave laziness in the dust.

Diligent sincerity of heart matters.

Motivational intent matters.

Big picture, eternal perspective matters.

Let’s Pray

Lord, You clearly care about how we use the time, talent and treasure You have allocates and make available. Help each of us make the most of it while we work unto You.

P.S.

If you are just working for sustainment of self and family, that’s okay because it’s an essential. But there is much more than okay. Our diligent work can also be spiritual, a form of worship. I hope you get that as you get Jesus, who is depicted in this post working for His father and His Father (get the double meaning?). I hope so. If this post helps you some way or you have any input or questions, the comment line is open.

Head Heart Hands

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The Head

We are to use our faculties, our heads, to discern, grow and learn. To be wise and give an answer for all occasions.

If we don’t learn and discern, we put ourselves in jeopardy.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Since you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest.

Since you have forgotten the Law of your God, I also will forget your children.

Hosea 4:6

God expects and demands us to apply. To learn foremost of spiritual things. Yes, we live in the New Covenant so grace does abound yet He is the same God who require our knowingly to participate, understand His Word and His creation which our abilities permit.

For we are created in His image. We are created wonderfully with amazing gifts. I hope this post I shared helps you as it did I.

Our brain, with its three pounds of squishy grey and white matter, contains nearly 100 billion neurons or microscopic nerve cells. Each neuron forms connections to other neurons, which in turn could lead to one quadrillion (1,000 trillion) connections. A piece of brain tissue the size of a grain of sand contains 100,000 neurons and 1 billion synapses. When a neuron is stimulated, it generates an electrical impulse that travels from cell to cell at a speed of 268 miles per hour. The brain has many times more nerve lines than all of the telephone lines in the world combined. The electrical signals from 200,000 living thermometer cells, half a million pressure sensing cells, and 3 to 4 million pain sensing cells, plus all the signals from the eyes, ears, nose, and taste buds are all routed to it, and it simultaneously keeps everything in our body working in ordered harmony.

Serving as a biological hard drive that runs cerebral software, the brain operates as the control center for the entire body—providing us with the capacity for thinking, reasoning, emotionalizing, memorizing, verbalizing, recalling, imagining, and creating. All the while, it autonomously controls and regulates all pulmonary, cardiovascular, pituitary, and digestive functions—without our conscious participation.

It has rightly been said that “The brain is the last and grandest biological frontier, the most complex thing we have yet discovered in our universe.”

I found all of the preceding information from multiple sources while doing research for a book I’m currently writing.

May this provoke all of us to lift our hearts and hands in praise to our Maker!

Emeal EZ Zwayne

Not only are we humans wonderfully made, we Christians have access to the all knowing Godhead. Some may skim the infinite intelligence of God by practicing spiritual principles but we can a a bonafide personal relationship by knowing and experiencing God.

As we engage our head and heart, we can experience God fuller.

The Heart

We are to work and live with our heart / souls forward.

You can read a devotional about this verse here.

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you, and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26 AMP

To fully engage our heart, our soul, our being and more fully engage and control our emotions, we need to connect our spirit to God’s Spirit. When we repent of our sin regularly as needed and believe and love God with ALL of our heart, soul, mind and strength God promises to make wonders happen as the above verse signifies.

Godfidence (Confidence in God) comes from being fully trusting and engaged on more than a knowledge level with God. Understanding truth is important and so is experiencing it. Let’s take a solid que from King David who spoke this and many similar sentiments:

My heart is steadfast, O God,

my heart is steadfast andconfident!

I will sing, yes, I will sing praises [to You]!

Psalm 57:7 AMP

My heart is steadfast, O God;

I will sing and make music with all my being.

Psalm 108:1

The words we speak and thoughts we think stem from our head and heart. Let’s make sure our thoughts are good and align our hearts.

Mary had heart and was blessed immensely. What a wonder she experienced.

God Himself stated David was a man after His own heart. Let’s emulate David: The good shepherd, mighty warrior, the soothing musician and steadfast servant of the LORD.

The Hands

Colossians 3:23 connects to our hands as well. Our work should then flow to action. Wisdom is knowing how to apply knowledge into situations. Achievement is doing it.

The hands are analogous to doing stuff, to work, to action.

God oftentimes prefers to work through people, His willing servants and sometimes even His wayward and enemies. He wants us to engage with doing by faith, not just by or sometimes despite our sight.

He is a God of action and doing. When he called Nehemiah to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, it took resources, problem solving (head), commitment to the cause (heart) and certainly hands for the work. We sometimes need to multitask as described:

Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens loaded themselves so that everyone worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other.

Nehemiah 4:17

God often refers to His strong right hand. Jesus Christ is there, at and as His right hand. When we are in accord with God’s will, there will be challenges as we shall be against the world but greater is He that is me than the world. Furthermore, this world is not our forever home. So as pilgrims, we are called use our whole being, including our helping hands to serve Him and others.

These three parts are connected in a trinitarian way. They each effect and affect one another: Head, Heart, Hand. One supports another. We are to use our Head to know what right, to guard our hearts and ultimately do what’s right, because it feels right because we know it’s right because God made it so.

Ultimately, it’s all about relationship internally and externally.

BooYa!

Do it right!

This is so true. Being consistently accurate, dependable and just always, yes always, doing things R I G H T is hard. Don’t get that confused with perfect but rather R I G H T.

Doing it R I G H T means doing it appropriately based on the situation. To me that includes:

Best, Well, Good, Decent, Quality Job #1, Usually above expectation and always ensuring it, Ethical, As you would expect done unto you, Proper, and Professional.

My father often said and instilled in me:

“If you are going to so something, do it right or don’t do it at all.”

Kenneth I Booher

What else does doing it right mean to you? Meaningful comments cherished.