The call to excellence

Subtitle: the eternal purpose of work

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians‬ ‭3:23-24‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬.

To be honest, humanly speaking, I would have preferred for these verses not to be in the Bible. If there ever was a call to be excellent in everything you do, this is it … as Christian I never have an an excuse for doing shoddy work or to be lazy (as Solomon already pointed out centuries before in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes) …

Thanks be to God that I did not determine what is written in the Bible! Every word in Scripture has a place and purpose. God knew we would need these words of encouragement to inspire us to always do our best when we don’t feel like it.

What makes the encouragement even more powerful, is that it is wrapped up with purpose. Whatever we do here on Earth, is given purpose. We are serving Christ as an expression of gratitude for the inheritance we will receive from Him. Thank you Lord for giving my work eternal purpose!

Living in a time of entitlement

“After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.” – ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭17:1‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬

Why did Jesus only take Peter, James and John with him up the mountain? Wouldn’t the other disciples also have benefited from being part of the transfiguration experience? Was it unfair to only let a few benefit? In today’s culture of entitlement and self-glorification, it may seem an unjust call from Jesus.

However, the Holy Spirit immediately reminded me of Paul’s image of the church as the body of Christ. We are all members of the body but we have different functions within the body. This means that we will not all have the same experiences and it is not reasonable to expect all of us to enjoy the same opportunities. May God give us the willingness to submit to His lordship and trust that He knows what experiences will help us become more like Christ.