"Servants, do what you're told by your earthly masters. And don't just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best." Colossians 3:22 (MSG)
"One kind of pride is self-centered or comparative ... That kind of pride is sinful. But you can take pride when you compare yourself to yourself and show improvement."
If you want your work to be blessed by God, you need to exceed what is expected of you. No matter what you do, whether you're a truck driver, an attorney, a cook or a teacher, do more than the minimum. Don't just get by.
- Start working enthusiastically.
- Understand who you really work for.
- Concentrate on building your character.
- Care about the people you work with.
- Exceed what is expected of you.
God wants you to go beyond the normal and surpass what is required of you. Our verse today tells us to exceed the expectations of your boss, exceed the expectations of your customers. That is the kind of work God blesses.
We live in a culture of mediocrity. How many times do we complain about shoddy workmanship or poor service or inferior quality? Americans used to take pride in their craft, but today it has become about just getting by. So many people just put in their time, do the minimum that's required of them and cut corners, getting by on as little effort as possible.
That's the bad news. The good news is that this makes it very easy to stand out at work. Any time you take pride in your work and decide to do more than expected, you'll rise to the top.
Now there are two kinds of pride. Galatians 6:4 says, "Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else" (NIV). Notice the difference? One kind of pride is self-centered or comparative pride where you try to put yourself above others. That kind of pride is sinful. But you can take pride when you compare yourself to yourself and show improvement.
Even more than personal pride, we should exceed in our work because we represent Jesus Christ to everyone around us. And Jesus said, "If someone demands that you go one mile, go with him two miles" (Matthew 5:41). Exceed what's expected of you and watch God bless it.