“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” – Colossians 3:23
When a man and woman are in love, they tend to do things for their special someone they may not normally do for others or even themselves. They will clean their apartment until it sparkles and shines, even if they never vacuumed before. Those who have only braved making a PB&J sandwich will aspire to make an entire four-course meal from scratch. Why do they put themselves to so much trouble and effort? Because they want to show their love. These feverish attempts to impress may fade away with time, but they can give us a glimpse of what Paul was instructing the Colossians to do.
When we tire of working for a person who may or may not appreciate us, we must remember that ultimately we work for Christ. We are His bride! He sees how we work, even if our boss and co-workers don’t. Even if our extra efforts do not show up on our yearly review, we can be sure God has taken notice. Putting a smile on God’s face is infinitely more important than a pat on the back from a co-worker.
Do you seek the applause of others or the pleasure of God? If you find yourself consistently disappointed by the reaction, or lack thereof, of others, you might have a misplaced priority of affection. Ask God to help you get the right perspective on this, and watch and see how He changes your heart! He will help you do everything in His strength, for His glory, when you put Him first.