The Expository Files

 Good Heart – Good Work

“Do all things without complaining and disputing,” Phil. 2:14.

When grandchildren visit us, we often urge them to spend some time in a playroom we have set up for them. Their toys are located in this room, and it is minimally child-proofed. During their visit they can take all the toys out of the toy box and spread them over the floor for proper use. At the end of day’s activities, house rules require they put all the toys away. They do this, because we give them no choice. Often, if not always, the work is accompanied by complaining. They do the work but complain.

This is understood behavior with children 5 and under. We do all we can to teach them better attitudes and patiently wait for those to appear. Yet there remains a degree of acceptance when a little child behaves in this manner.

Adults enjoy no such excuse or exemption. To perform duty but complain about it is not becoming Christians. Further, when work is accompanied by a complaining attitude, the product is usually inferior. Not to mention the irritation imposed on your co-workers.

Good work should be done with a good heart. First, this is pleasing to God (see the passage above expressing His will). Second, it is easier to work and produce good results when your heart is right. Third, it is more pleasant for your coworkers.

“Do all things without complaining and disputing.”

By Warren E. Berkley
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From Expository Files 10.6; June 2003