Hi friends! For the month of May, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!
As daughters of God who follow Him faithfully, God wants to empower us in our acts of service. He wants to turn the simplest acts, into meaningful worship. Because we have the Holy Spirit, this is made possible.
Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men (Col. 3:23, AMP).
Whatever task we find ourselves doing, it needs to be for the glory of God. While we may be tackling a typical “to do list,” we can live our lives in such a way – that people are drawn to Jesus Christ because we chose to live for Him (see Phil. 1:21). Even if we are simply washing a dish, we can allow God to be the One we are doing it for, focusing solely on Him.
A few days ago, we talked about being guided by the Holy Spirit. When we are walking by the Spirit, everything else fades into the background. We are consumed by our Maker, and living only for Him! As we enter this new life, the Holy Spirit will cause on-lookers to take notice and glorify our great God!
God is the One who will reward us. When we make God our focus, we are –
- Creating investing in our relationship with Jesus.
- Freeing up our minds to focus solely on Him.
- Pointing others to Him.
We can easily become consumed in the act of doing. We are modern-day Martha’s (see Luke 10:38-42), where it is easier to perform tasks versus sit at Jesus’ feet. This is why we check our hearts, because we all have tasks to do.
While we may not love our jobs (or lack of) and daily tasks, we will have a different attitude when we realize we can worship God through it.
As someone with sickness, I can honestly say I want to have the opportunity to complete tasks. While circumstances often limit how I can serve, I am not given a pass on this verse. I have a passion to serve, and have small efforts to give.
The beauty in this arrangement of working for God is – we are still God’s daughter, even on the days when our best efforts are small.
We have a relationship with the King of Kings, and His love is unconditional. This drives us to serve God, rather than man. In Romans 12:1-2, we are reminded of the concept that our best efforts are a living sacrifice – a worship offering to our great God!
When we allow our Lord, our King, to be the object of our tasks, something happens! We need to remember that our God is –
- the Source of our strength.
- more than enough.
- our Hope, Inheritance, and the One holding us together (see Col. 1:17).
- the One equipping us to live out our faith in our tasks.