Beyond the Weekend

May 21 | Bring Your Heart

May 21, 2019


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.  Colossians 3:23a

Read: Colossians 3:23

Listen: Colossians 3


Slavery in the first-century was different from slavery in the United States in the 18th-19th centuries. You could get yourself into a financial position where you would need to sell yourself into slavery. You could buy (redeem) yourself out of slavery. Some slaves worked as accountants or family doctors. Usually, a slave had very little say in their assigned jobs. It seems like it would’ve been easy to have a bad attitude or only work when someone was watching you.

Paul instructs the slaves to bring your heart to work. Despite their circumstances, he tells them, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.” They have a choice to make every day. In Colossians, Paul tells them to choose to have a good attitude and bring their best.

We need to hear these words just as much as they did. It is easy for us only to work hard when someone is watching us or if we feel like we will be recognized. Paul’s drastic message is to have a good attitude and bring our best to our work all the time, even if we have a “for now” job. As we’ve seen throughout this series, we should bring our best because work is good and important. We don’t do it for bonuses or raises, but because it is what we were created to do. We do it for God.


Say a simple prayer to God. As you walk into your work or begin work, pray, “Dear Jesus, help me to bring my heart.” Ask him to help you bring a good attitude and to work with all your heart. Download this lock screen to remind you if you didn’t already yesterday.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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