And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance:…” (Col.3:23-24 KJV)
Just recently I was going through an online blog that I subscribed to and stumbled into an article that caught my attention. The article is on “How to Radically Improve Your Life with just three words” written by John P. Weiss. My main attraction was on the three words that he opined will guarantee success in 2019. These three words are – “Do hard things.”
The central theme of Weiss’ message is that just about everything worthwhile in life requires hard work. Whilst, I agree with him but not in its entirety. Some people work hard by choice while others work hard by force. Some work hard for gain while others work hard out of fear for failure. The motivation of the hard work can determine if the work will be drudgery that may just last only for a season or empowered diligence that emanates from the very nature of the hard worker.
Upon further meditation, the Spirit of God ministered to me to do hearty work, not just hard work. Not every hard worker has made a mark, but you can’t do a hearty work and not make a mark. It reminds me of what my father in the Lord, Dr. David Oyedepo said, “It takes a heart to make a mark.”
It’s not enough to do hard things but it’s more important to know what to do; how to do it; when to do it; where to do it; and more importantly, why you do it. And it takes an empowered heart to drive these understated forces of rewarding work. Hear this: It’s the attitude of the heart that determines the latitude of your blessing!
To underscore the importance of the heart and its centrality to success, God demands for full possession of your heart to make the most of it. (Prov.23:26)
Therefore, you must ensure that the condition of your heart is right to do the work that will make a mark. The condition of the heart will determine the rendition of your personality which invariably will reflect in the quality of your work.
It becomes imperative that you manage the condition of the heart to ensure maximum performance and delivery. Therefore, I believe that the following 8 Scriptural tips will be helpful in your heart management.
1. Guard Your Heart With All Diligence. (Prov.4:23)
2. Let the Peace of God Keep Your Heart. (Phil.4:7)
3. Let Your Heart Be Established by Grace. (Heb.13:9)
4. Let the Word of God Richly Dwell in Your Heart in All Wisdom. (Col.3:16)
5. Let Your Heart Be Rooted and Grounded in Love. (Eph.3:17)
6. Let Christ Dwell in Your Heart by Faith. (Eph.3:17)
7. Have a Grateful Heart. (Ps.9:1)
8. Let Your Heart Be Curious and Elastic to Learn New Facts About Life. (Is.54:2-3)
My charge to you in this new year is to do hearty work. This is because it takes a heart to endure the hearth and heat of success which eventually culminates in wearing the hat of success.
To your hearty work in 2019,