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 (Colossians 3:23-24).
This word, heartily, comes from the two Greek words ek and psuche. Ek means “a state of”, or “out of”, or “from”. Psuche is just what it looks like, our psyche the part of us that holds our feelings, desires, affections, aversions. So to work heartily like we are commanded to here in Colossians 3:23, is to work out of our soul, with our feelings, desires, affections engaged.
Here are some other observations I notice from this verse, that applies to my work of laundry:
I am to do laundry HEARTILY.
I am to do laundry AS FOR THE LORD (and not for men).
If I do laundry wholeheartedly, as for the Lord, I WILL RECEIVE A REWARD.
As I do laundry, wholeheartedly, I AM SERVING THE LORD.
This all brings me full-circle to my goal: Pray for heart change. I cannot do laundry wholeheartedly on my own. I DON’T LIKE DOING LAUNDRY. But, by God’s grace I can. As I choose obedience to Christ, His Spirit will enable me to do laundry. Heartily.
Brings a greater perspective to folding jammies, doesn’t it? (I actually don’t fold jammies, they just go in a jammies bin…but you know what I mean!)