Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24
In 2006 I travelled to Kenya with a group called ‘World Challenge’ for a month. We got to climb Mount Kenya, go white water rafting, camp in a safari park where we saw some of the most breathtaking animals living in their natural habitat and we even got to spend a week at a place called ‘Diani Beach’. I’m not going to say too much about that place; words can’t really describe it. Instead, just take a look at this picture:
It was a phenomenal trip. But one of the most meaningful few days of our time in Kenya was spent on the outskirts of the capital, Nairobi. We were assigned to a building project – a church no less. I didn’t believe in God at this point and actually complained about building something so pointless and unnecessary. Ironically, now I am now employed to build this church in Bracknell…although in a notably less physical capacity.
The heat was unbearable and the work was painstaking. Shifting huge blocks of concrete and mixing what seemed like endless amounts of cement. All I could think about was getting to the beach pictured above…only a few days away. I wasn’t motivated and certainly wasn’t working with all my heart. I wanted to do the absolute minimum to conserve energy for our fantastic beach experience.
I had no idea what was to come. In a year and a half, I would start the journey that would lead me to know Jesus. In just under six years, I would be giving everything to build a church that I would be utterly passionate about. I have the privilege of working to build God’s Kingdom every day, so it’s not difficult to work at it with all my heart. But when I saw the passage above, after the initial spurt of complacency wore off, I found myself thinking back to that week in Kenya where I certainly didn’t work with all I had. Imagine if I had have done! I can’t help but feel that God deliberately placed me into that circumstance as a reminder of what it’s like when I don’t give my all. I could have done so much more for the church that was being built. Instead of doing the least I could, I could have given my all. I don’t want to live like that – I want to live like the Bible tells us to…working at everything I do with all that I have.
Interesting how memories can surface at the strangest of times…