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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.” Colossian 3:23-24 NIV
Ninety years ago, Robert Laidlaw published a compelling piece called “The Reason Why” to encourage his staff to partake of a Christian life. He notes the Hebrew word “avodah” is translated the same for “work” and “worship.” Imagine what our work life would look like if we worshiped our way through the day? What if our efforts were truly to serve Christ every moment of every day? If all we were concerned about was reflecting the character of God in us? It certainly goes beyond the whistle while you work mentality!
Servant leadership has been popularized in leadership training the last few years. Principles include characteristics such as listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, foresight, stewardship, and commitment to the growth of others. Others would simplify the key components of leadership to trust, compassion, stability, and hope.
All of these characteristics are born of the heart. We speak what is in our heart. If our hearts are full of good things, we speak good things. If our heart is full of fear, greed and insecurity, our words will reflect that as well.
Meditating on God’s word can fill our hearts up with good things. Love drives out fear. Being secure in our identity as a child of God drives out the need to compare ourselves to others. What do you fill your heart up with?
Father God, I pray I fill my heart up with Your Word, renewing it daily.