This week marks the end of our discussion on work. We will conclude by building on the ‘how to’ material from last week. The inspiring story of Nehemiah remains our reference point. Nehemiah 4:6 says, “So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.”
Notice that the progress made in rebuilding the wall is directly linked to the fact that the people worked with all their heart. It is the same for us. For you and I to make a meaningful impact through our work requires that we also work in this way. So the question is: what does it mean to work with all your heart? It means you are fully invested into your job. Four things are worth mentioning.
Effort – When you work with all your heart you will put significant effort into the task being undertaken. Mental, physical, and emotional energy will be used in large quantities. You will not be casual about what you are doing. Rather than doing the bare minimum to get the salary at the end of the month, going the extra mile will be quite normal.
Commitment – You will have a strong sense of ownership. It will no longer be simply a case of ‘us and them’, for example, us (workers) and them (employers). There will be a growing sense of ‘we’. When our hearts are in it, our thinking is along the lines of ‘we are in this together’. The work is done to the same standard whether the boss is watching or not. After all, you do not have a plan B. This is it.
Sacrifice – Rather than looking at the work place with a feeling of entitlement, you will lean towards giving up privileges in order to make progress. The common good, the bigger picture, will compel you to forego some of the comforts associated with your job. You believe in the vision so much, that you are willing to pay a personal price to see it achieved.
Initiative – You will be a self-starter that is regularly exploring different ways of moving forward. You will bring energy, excitement, and enthusiasm to the work place as you look to break through the existing limitations. You are motivated by more than the thought of a bonus at the end of the year. You believe that doing your job more effectively means a better Dar.
Perhaps you already work this way. Well done! Keep it up! Now imagine if you and I, and everyone we work with, worked with all of our hearts. I believe we would see greater progress in building Dar through our work than we currently experience. There would be less brokenness and more hope. Let us do our part and encourage others to do the same!
Have a great week!
Sheshi Kaniki (Pastor, God’s Tribe Church)