From the Heart – Good News for October 29

29 10 2008

Ephesians 6: 1-9

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 

Honor your father and mother.

This is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.

Slaves, be obedient to your human masters with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ, not only when being watched, as currying favor, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
willingly serving the Lord and not men, knowing that each will be requited from the Lord for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.  Masters, act in the same way towards them, and stop bullying, knowing that both they and you have a Master in heaven and that with him there is no partiality.

The Daily Path: I changed the usual GNTG! script a bit by offering today’s first reading from Ephesians that includes this passage: “… doing the will of God from the heart,” 

I was really struck when I read this. Labors of love always seem to be effortless. I’ve often counseled people to pursue a career doing something you love because it won’t feel like work. As I reflect on this passage we all have a career with God. It can be the greatest job ever, or the worst, depending on our approach. When I pursue something with genuine love, it’s not work at all. When it comes from the heart, the quality of my work is vastly superior to something that feels like a task.

I don’t want to go into that final performance review worried that I’ve barely met “established performance expectations,” if at all. When I look at God from across his desk in the corner office, I want Him to smile at me acknowledging that I pursued my career with G.O.D. Inc. as a labor of love and that my body of work “exceeded expectations” because it came from the heart.

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