Ek Psuche. (Don’t ask me to pronounce it.)

I took a deeper look at Colossians 3:23-24 this week as part of goal #2 (one of my 3 in 30 goals for the month of February).

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.
Another way to study this word, is to use the dictionary (a great Bible tool!).

Webster’s defines heartily:

heart•i•ly ˈhär-tə-lē adverb

14th century
1 : in a hearty manner
2 a : with all sincerity : wholeheartedly
b : with zest or gusto
3 : wholly, thoroughly 〈heartily sick of all this talk〉


I am to work wholeheartedly. I am to do laundry wholeheartedly.

I also found it a bit amusing to see the synonyms and antonyms for this word, heartily:

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!)
8 replies
  1. Laura
    Laura says:

    Awesome post. I need to have more word studies..especially with Bible verses to fully understand the meaning of God's word. I might actually look at my loads of laundry in a different way now. =) Stopping by from 3in30 link up =)

  2. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    Sometimes doing a word study can bring almost a whole new meaning to a familiar verse or passage! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


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