Archive | February, 2013

Whatever you do…..

7 Feb

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
~ Colossians 3:23 NIV84

I really find it interesting that this verse is one of our Let.It.Go Bible study verses for this week. I used to believe that I was only pleasing God when I was doing ministry work. I would do all I could in hopes of pleasing God and finding some peace because, well, I was doing for God, right? Well, it didn’t always work out that way. I often was tired and felt like it was a burden to be “doing for God” all the time. I left out one tiny detail when I would go off doing God’s ministry work–I didn’t ask GOD if it was what HE wanted me to do. Now, when I am asked to do specific ministry work I pray to ask God if this is what HE would have me do. Also, I have since realized that WHATEVER I do-I do it unto the Lord. In fact, whatever I do, if I do it with all my heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, is also an act of worship. Yes, you heard right. Everything I do, whether it’s doing ministry work or cleaning the toilet, if I do it with all my heart for the Lord, it’s an act of worship.

I have been blessed to be called to serve a meal at our celebrate recovery meeting every Monday night. Sometimes, some of the sweet ladies from church or one of our participants will provide the meal but usually it falls on me. God called me to literally feed his sheep so they will be able to absorb the spiritual food that is fed to them later. Whether I am making the meal or it’s being provided, I need to arrive at church no later than 4:30 or so to prepare for the meal, set out the plates/utensils, prepare the drinks, prepare the food and so on. I LOVE this time because as I do these typically mundane tasks I pray-inviting Christ into our presence-for each participant who will be coming-for the leaders and for speakers. When I finish praying, as I am chopping away preparing the meal, I sing prasie songs. Sometimes I just work in silence in awe of HIS presence. I love this time alone with God doing everything unto him. When everyone shows up, I help serve them and when the meal is done, everyone goes into the Santuary to sing Praise songs and to have either a testimony or leasson. I stay downstairs in the kitchen cleaning up our meal. I’ve had so many offers from participants to stay down stairs to help me clean up so I don’t miss “Praise and Worship” time up in the Sanctuary. When I explain to them that what I am doing IS an act of worship because I do it for Jesus, I get such odd looks. One lady even said this past Monday night that the praise time was the best part of the night. I have found when I only recieve happiness from the songs and music, something is missing in my walk. In all I do I need to be content and the only way for me to be content in all I do is to remember the real reason I am doing what I am doing. I am not doing it for my husband, children, employer, or anyone else, I am doing it for God and that makes all the difference in the world. I can’t out give God but I can do my best for HIS glory. In and of myself I can’t do anything. I am a sinner saved by grace that is physically disabled due to a back injury I recieved in a motorcycle accident but the Word of God in Philipians 4:13 tells me “I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength”. All the glory, honor and praise goes to him.
One last thought, when I do all things for Christ there is little room for resentment. If I’m doing things to please others–resentment is sure to rear it’s ugly head but if I do everything unto God there is no resentmet only peace, joy and happiness.

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