I used to be a slacker.
Before I began truly following Christ I had zero work ethic. I didn’t want responsibilities, heck, I didn’t want to get out of bed and even though I knew I had to go to work I had no motivation to do it. One of the first things God worked on in me after seeking Him was to get off my lazy butt and start making something of myself. I was no longer aloud to slack off and procrastinate because it wasn’t just me that I was representing anymore, I reflected Him everywhere I went. He gave me Colossians 3:23-24 to memorize and study:
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
It wasn’t a focus on an “inheritance” that stood out to me anymore, it was the statement that I am to work hard for men as though I am working for God. Would I slack off and make excuses if I had to sit down with God for my 60 day review? Something clicked. I started working hard. Really hard. I started to gain callouses and muscles in areas I didn’t know was possible. I started to see life and responsibilities differently. It was no longer a drag to go to work, I had the opportunity to serve customers as they came in. I found that it became a joy to sit down on my couch at the end of the day and feel like I’ve actually accomplished something. I wanted to grab a hold of this and teach my future kids to enjoy the same thing.
Like anything I do in my life I began to dedicate myself to hard work and focused entirely to much on it. I’d take on to much. I overstep my roles responsibilities and start doing other peoples work. I used my hard work as an outlet for my need to be validated by others and to feel needed. There were deeper issues going on here than I had realized and it began to wear me down. I couldn’t do it all no matter how hard I worked because I was still trying to do it with my own strength. We weren’t made to do this alone. We don’t have the strength to carry “the weight of the world” and He doesn’t expect us to. We were created to do His works, why wouldn’t He give us His strength to do them?
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10