Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Paul was hard at work. He preached and prayed. He witnessed and served. He was an extremely hard working man of God as we all should be.
But here he gives us a truth that will make your hard work a joy. He worked, striving, fighting to get it all done but it was according to God working in Him. It wasnâ€™t self effort. It wasn’t trying to get God to be pleased or satisfied with Him. He wasn’t trying to make God happy rather God was working in Him.
His work was not from something on the outside where he felt pressured by a pastor but rather something that was born inside of him. His work was not what He could produce even in his own natural abilities it was God working in him.
God was mightily or powerfully at work in him. God is also at work in you.
The lesson for today is that you should be at work because He is producing in you the desire to serve Him. It ought to come naturally to you. It ought to be what you want to do.
Do not serve God to impress or please men. They do not matter. We do not even win the lost or witness to them for them. We do all for Him. We do it because we want to due to what He is doing in our hearts.
He is at work in you if you are His. When you work according to what He is doing in you then you will enjoy it. You will get tired in the work but never of the work. You will do it not in the flesh but in the spirit.
It is hard work, labor. It should be hard work. The difference is the motive and where it comes from. We will work hard but it will be because He is powerfully working in us!