23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart” (3:23) is such good advice for a fruitful and enriching life.
But step back a bit and, surprisingly, these are instructions for slaves. This is about working to enrich other people’s lives with all your heart. It’s what a life full of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) looks like. It’s what freedom in Christ looks like as we “serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13). That’s so counter-cultural.
And I should work with all my heart at serving and enriching other people’s lives as though I’m “working for the Lord” (3:23). This is the Jesus who put all his power, and glory and riches as God to one side and became a servant (literally a slave), dying a slave’s death on a cross for me (Philippians 2:5-8). My most fruitful, enriching life is when I’m imitating Jesus, thinking like him, and working with all my heart at what he’s doing in the world.
Jesus, how are you enriching people around me today? Can I be part of what you’re doing? Holy Spirit, I’m going to need lots of help to enrich the lives of people around me with all my heart (there is still so much of my old selfishness in me). Work with me so that together we can be fruitful.
Written by David Cornell