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. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.
— Galatians 6:4-5 NLT

In this passage, Paul tells us that we should try to do the work God’s given us with excellence. Every part of it. I remember when I had the realization that doing a job with excellence was actually honoring to God. The kingdom of God doesn’t just need good pastors. It needs good bankers, doctors, accountants, teachers, and businesspeople too. We should look at the work that God has called us to do (whether that’s an actual occupation or the work that he’s called us to outside of our occupation) and devote ourselves to the task of completing it with excellence.

By devoting ourselves to what God’s called us to, Paul says that our joy will be in doing what’s right and beyond ourselves -not by what others have to say about us. We won’t be caught up in comparison. We won’t rely on other’s affirmation to feel successful. We will experience the true freedom that comes with being ourselves and knowing God is pleased with us. 

a practical step

So what does this mean for you? Look at your daily life. Your classes, your friendships, your family. If God’s already shown you what you’re called to as an occupation, look at that too. Now ask yourself, what does excellence in these areas look like? How can you practically get there? 

pray

God, I thank you that you’ve called each of us to live life with you. I ask that you would give us clarity on the things you’ve called us to. I ask that you would give us the grace to devote ourselves boldly to what you’ve set before us. We love you. Thank you. Amen

- Clare