Colossians 3:23 CSB, “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people,”
This verse is an encouraging reminder to keep our focus on the Lord in whatever it is we are doing. He is the One that we are ultimately trying to please as we live from day to day. Working to impress others instead of the Lord will leave us drained and unfulfilled, because there will always be someone who has more of something. Thankfully, God has a unique plan for each of His children.
Galatians 6:4 NLT, “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.”
I was listening to a sermon recently, and the minister pointed out that when we constantly compare ourselves to others, and compete to get to where they are, we destroy our opportunities to learn from them. People who are competing with others are not interested in learning. They are more interested in trying to figure out how they can outdo other people. They miss opportunities to grow in knowledge, and come together with others to accomplish God’s plans. They also forfeit the peace and security that comes from walking in God’s divine will.
Staying focused on the Lord does prove to be challenging nowadays, but the benefits of doing so are priceless. God sees the sincerity of our hearts and rewards our efforts to diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). He’s with us every step of the way! So stay focused as you work joyfully unto the Lord!