Colossians 3:17, NIV: And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

There is a phrase I have to tell myself from time to time: “Don’t be lazy.” I hate to admit it, but where “the spirit is willing,” my flesh can indeed be weak. The flesh part of me will often look for the quick solution, or the easy way. If I do not take care, I will heed that temptation only to regret it. In the “have it your way,” get-it-now, fast-paced world in which we live, it is often forgotten that diligence and hard work pays off. It is often forgotten that there is merit in seeing a job through to completion without losing interest. It is often forgotten that doing your best and pouring your heart into your work is a testimony to who Christ is in you, and it is an act of worship when done as unto the Lord. Half-hearted or incomplete work does no one any good. But when work becomes whole-hearted worship, the fruits of our labors are glorious and worthy to be a praise offering to our Lord.