Work hard with appreciation and enthusiasm.
“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working
for the Lord.” Ephesians 6:7 NLT.
My thoughts and comments today are, “Enthusiasm Is Contagious.”
A major proportion of your life will be spent in the marketplace. Approximately one-third of most days will be at work, and for the majority of us that will mean working for and with others. Practicing diligence and being enthusiastic, you will make that significant quantity of time a good experience for you, and make yourself a blessing to others.
A real issue today in business and relationships is the matter of loyalty. My Dad taught me to be loyal and to highly prize loyalty in personal and professional relationships. When I was a young minister, my Dad taught me to be loyal to those in authority and faithful to my work while there, and loyal to any and all who allowed me that opportunity. His advice was simple. If ever I could not be loyal, then I should thank them genuinely, go my way, and work where I could be loyal.
The Bible echoes my Dad’s advice, “Workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.” Proverbs 27:18 NLT. I have found that true. Besides being right and honorable, it is just practical wisdom to prioritize the interests and favor of those who directly contribute to your own best interests. And be enthusiastic while doing so. Show loyalty to others and loyalty will be reciprocated. It is true in life, whether good or bad, that you will reap what you sow, but in even greater measure. See Galatians 6:7-10 NIV. My father’s counsel was wise and it works, two very good things. I have never had to leave a relationship or responsibility in order to remain loyal, but I would before violating my integrity and God’s expectation of me. How you leave is as important as why you leave. Read Matthew 10:12-14 NKJV.
Paul’s words are clear, “Do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord, rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do.” Ephesians 6:5-8 NLT. Work hard with appreciation for others and enthusiasm for your work. Enthusiasm is contagious. Enthusiasm brings dividends in your life and the lives of others. Share it generously!
The Bible said, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also look to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 2:4-5 NIV. Jesus modeled that perfectly and invites you and me to follow His lead. Consistently demonstrate qualities of character and humility in your attitude, speech, and conduct. I continue to practice the grace of putting others first.
Today, I pray for you to represent Jesus faithfully in your consideration of others.
Christian Communications 2017