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23 And [kai] whatsoever [pas][hostis][ean] ye do, [poieo] do [ergazomai] it heartily [ek], [psuche] as [hos] to the Lord, [kurios] and [kai] not [ou] unto men; [anthropos]KJV-Interlinear
23 Whatever you do, do your work
heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; NASB
Two different words are
used here for the word do. The first, poieo,
refers to an empty effort applied to whatever activity it is that you do in
The empty effort is
that which has no value.Whether you
hustle in life after worldly possessions, status, wealth, achievement, whether
you do just enough to get by, or whether you try to take advantage of the
situations of others, try to get things for free, try to take all of the
shortcuts you can discover in life, makes no different.Your effort is of no value.
The second word, ergazomai, refers to work performed with a passion and
love.And that is what you are to do in
life, in everything that you do, with the mindset that God is watching you
intently, and that your effort is there to please Him, not other people.
Whether you clean
toilets for a living, clean out barns, change diapers, perform surgeries, build
rockets, write books, drive trucks, paint pictures or whatever, none of these
things are any more or less important than anything else.
The world may view the
doctor with more prestige than the janitor, but to God, each person s effort in
their work is viewed with regard to their function in their spiritual life.
Jesus Christ is your
ultimate and only important evaluator for your life.Your future, your eternal blessings are going
to be based on your spiritual achievement not your worldly class status.The toilet cleaner who
advances to spiritual maturity, will have infinitely more in heaven than the spiritually
Granted, the lawyers
and doctors and celebrities will have more worldly wealth now, but that all
goes away when they die.
Didn t several celebrities
pass away in the past few days?And now,
and only now, do they fully realize the error and loss of their ways. For all of eternity, they will have only that
which God grants to them, and anyone who lacks spiritual growth and spiritual
production, that blessing package will be slim to none.
No person can earn nor
deserve anything in life.You cannot
work for your blessing.There is no place
for mans boasting or arrogance in his perception that he earned or hustled for
God, in order to get Gods blessing.
However, when a person
is advancing in their spiritual life, the believer has to live within the fellowship
sphere.And anything done from within
that sphere, is good works, good production, divine
production, gold, silver and precious stones.
While you grow up, the
doctrine you learn creates a spiritual structure within your soul.That is a house, a fortress, a temple, a
mansion within you.However, a mansion
has to be furnished and moved into, before it becomes a permanent
residence.That is where your daily
activities come into play.
Doing whatever it is
that you do in life, if done as unto the Lord (done while in fellowship), then
your life benefits from that production as spiritual production.
knowledge, knowledge repeated becomes understanding, understanding applied
forms the learning process, the learning process
builds production and results in wisdom or a smarter thinking within you.
This whole process is the
circle of wisdom, the framework of your spiritual life.The ultimate result is the completion of your
And a completed you,
qualifies for phenomenal blessings as a result of Gods positive and successful
evaluation of your spiritual life.
Remember, one day you
will stand face to face before Christ.He will lean forward to you, and ask you. What is your story?
Your spiritual life is
your story.Unique to you, constructed
by Gods grace, and the most valuable possession you will ever have.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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