Ephesians 6:7 (KJV) “Render service with enthusiasm, as unto the Lord and not to men and women.”
COMMENTARY: In today’s world, many people just “put in their time” at work. They get up and go to work out of sheer necessity, not out of any particular joy or passion for who they are and what they do. This drone-like existence goes on day after day, month after month, year after year until they eventually retire or die. And yet, in His Word, the Lord instructs us to work with enthusiasm. And what God instructs us to do, He mercifully and generously gives us the divine power to do it.
The word “enthusiasm” means God in you, full of God, fullness of joy. Since joy is one the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23, Christ followers have access to supernatural source of enthusiasm that unbelievers don’t. The problem is, we don’t tap that source regularly.
APPLICATION: A work environment that lacks enthusiasm is cold and apathetic, which makes everyone’s job more difficult, tiresome, tedious, and tense. Each day before you go to work, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you. If you ask Him, He will! You’ll then enter your workplace full of divine joy, which will be evidenced by your enthusiasm. Your attitude and your altitude will change. And, when you forget to ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit, you will notice that your enthusiasm will wane and you will become more frustrated, cranky, crabby, irritable and impatient.
Over time, your enthusiasm will begin to rub off on your boss, peers, customers and suppliers. God will make you a lighthouse of joy, leading to opportunities to share the hope that dwells within!
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about 3 John 1:13-15 (NIV)，read 3 John and Work from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.