Day 33

Colossians 3:23 says, “whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord not for men.”

 

In this verse Paul challenges that “heartily” is to be the posture and attitude expected of those who call themselves Christ-followers.  The word we use more often around here is “wholehearted.” It is fascinating to me that the Apostle was writing this verse to servants encouraging them in their attitudes as they served their masters.  Did you catch that?  Servants, or slaves.  If slaves were required to display an excellent attitude, how much more would be expected of us?  We all experience incredible freedoms! None of us are servants.  On the contrary, most of have great material wealth and we want for nothing.  Yet many struggle to live their lives “wholehearted, as for the Lord not for men.”

 

This quote from Charles Swindoll summarizes it well:

 

“The longer I love, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, or home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.” 

Written by:

Jason Dominey

Posted on February 28, 2014 .