I recently had a conversation with a teenage gal that is in my homeschool co-op. We were talking about a research project — the requirements, resources, due-dates and the like — and she (with an air of superiority) said, “I’ve already finished the artwork portion. It’s done.” I asked her some more about the rest of the assignment and she steered the conversation back to being finished first and how she beat out the other two kiddos (who are 2 and 4 years younger).
“So, that’s great, you must have worked hard over the weekend,” I said.
“What exactly do you mean with that answer?”
“Well, I worked on it. Fast. And it’s done.”
“Did you do your very best?”
“Whaddaya mean by doing ‘my best?’ I did it.”
“Well, have you ever heard it mentioned in the Bible that we should do all of our work as unto the Lord?”
“You heard me. All of our work. Homework. Chores. All of it. Do your best as if it was a gift to God.”
“Uh-oh. My piece of art is actually trash. I don’t even like it. I just wanted to be done first. This changes everything, miss Darlene.”
“You are right miss, it does.”
1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.
Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment.
18 Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master.
19 Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them.
20 Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end.
21 Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.
22-25 Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.
~ Colossians 3 [selected lines] (MSG)