My working philosophy of God was this: Following Jesus can feel brutal. Living a transformed and transforming life, though, is everything and more.
Scripture says, in Colossians 3:23, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” And I had taken “Work willingly at whatever you do” to heart.
So when I received a job offer to promote The Chosen television series worldwide as Angel Studio’s Head of Global Expansion, I threw myself at it wholeheartedly. Two weeks after moving to Rome, I was too sick to work or even fly home.
It felt as though my heart had been twisted like a rag with its vital contents wrung out.
The whole thing left me asking, “What if my definition of wholeheartedness was just an over-functioning, all-in and all-out mentality?”
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
When I was in Rome, I was operating with the broken belief that I needed to prove myself and showcase my value to those around me.
So when I entered rooms with my version of a whole heart, I stood heartless, mindless, and unaware.
I couldn’t hear what people were saying because the explosion of my neediness was ringing in my ears.
However, when God calls us to work at something with our whole hearts, he asks us to bring our wholeness into his presence. God calls us to be guardians of our hearts because they determine the course of our lives. Our ears must be open to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, who brings clarity and discernment.
With God, there is no burden of proof. God doesn’t require us to showcase our worthiness. Instead, he asks us to find our worthiness in him and then show up in the room——present, listening, clear, rooted, discerning, observant, and whole.
This is what it means to be “working willingly for the Lord.”
From this place of wholeness, the presence of God shines through and allows everything we do to flow.
*For further reflection, listen to Proverbs 4
- Proverbs 4
May Cordila’s story encourage you in our interview with her (watch here).