Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. – Colossians 3:23
Oftentimes, we lose sight of the essential reason why we work hard. We get distracted and blindsided by the immediate things that the world offers like money, promotion, leisure and other forms of pleasures and success that we expect to receive if we work hard. As a result, when things don’t go the way we imagined them to be, we get disappointed. As if all our hard work had gone to waste. So, we lose the enthusiasm to do our best.
At this point, we have to ask ourselves, why do we work hard? Where do the drive and enthusiasm come from? Why do we do our best? Why do we go the extra mile? Most importantly, who are we pleasing?
There’s really nothing wrong if we’re working hard to please other people or even ourselves, if that’s where our motivation come from. The problem is, not everyone, not even ourselves can constantly meet our expectations. Hence, there comes a time that we get tired of doing our best because everything just seems pointless.
“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” What do people get for all their hard work under the sun?– Ecclesiastes 1:2-3
The greatest motivation that we can have is the meaning of our work. Beyond the material rewards and selfish pleasures that we could get from working hard, if we do meaningful work, nothing else matters. We could work the extra mile because we believe that there’s meaning in what we do. We know that the work of our hands will make a difference that will make the world a better place. There is purpose in what we do that will serve others.
From a Christian perspective, this meaning is easily found in Christ.
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. – Ephesians 1:11-12 (The Message)
Standing on the Lord’s promises, we never run out of expectations and motivations.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
By committing our plans and work of our hands to him, we can rest assured that everything will go according to his will.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. – Proverbs 16:3