As part of my recent study leave, I prayerfully considered what areas of focus I might emphasize for myself and our staff in 2018 as we pursue our mission of “being and making authentic followers of Jesus Christ.” Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a blog of each of these themes.

Colossians 3:23 may be a familiar verse: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

It reminds us that in every task we undertake, whether big or small, we are serving the Lord. It is an act of worship. Realizing this should inspire us to have an attitude of excellence in every area of our responsibilities. Although nothing that we do will be perfect, we do it to the best of our ability as unto the Lord.

Yet there is another equally important aspect to serving, and that is serving with joy. In Philippians 2:1, Paul exhorts the church to “complete his joy” and in 4:1 identifies his brothers as “my joy and crown.” If we are doing things as unto the Lord, this should motivate us to be joyful.

The cumulative impact of having joy (or not having joy) is huge. Day in, and day out, over weeks and even years, think of the difference in how we may impact others and rob them—and ourselves—of joy. This year serve with excellence, but also with joy.

John Munro

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