There’s an important qualifying phrase Jesus spoke in that last passage I used from Matthew 11:28-29, The Message, that made the words “walk, work and watch” important: [with me]. OK, I admit this whole theme is going to be cherry picking Scripture and versions too. I had some anxiety about that until I remembered this is THE Word of God. It’s the baseline of truth and the reality of guidance for every day of life and it’s all fruit! That’s what I want you to trust. I trust that the Holy Spirit is going to personally administer the application of His Word to each of us as needed.
Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work. MSG
We understand the definition of work. It’s our individual activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to produce, to provide and to preserve our position. Work is a job, but Jesus promises you confidence that your individual activity involving mental or physical effort [with me] is the work that will produce, provide and preserve your position and inheritance with HIm.
Work [with me] from the heart
for your real Master, for God.
The sullen servant who does shoddy work [with me]
will be held responsible.
Being a follower of Jesus
doesn’t cover up bad work [with me].
The ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ.