23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Honor God With Your Best
There are times when we are called to do things that we may not particularly care to do, or feel like doing, but we have to do them. During those times our attitudes may not be the best, simply because our heart is not in it.
I remember several years ago attending a Women’s Bible Study, where each Tuesday evening they had a different speaker come in and speak. On Tuesday night a lady who owned a Cookware store came and spoke to
our class. Her presentation made me totally re-evaluate the way I considered meal preparation for my family. It was as though she had been peeking through my windows. You see I had become very tired of the same old routine, of working all day and then having to figure out what I was going to prepare for dinner. Knowing that I would have to go through the same thing again the next day, and the day after that didn’t help the situation. It had become a boring routine for me.
After hearing her speak, I realized that I had the wrong attitude. I was not honoring God in the way that I was handling this situation. The speaker explained what a blessing it is to have an opportunity, first of all, to serve our families. Secondly, she explained the opportunity we have to nourish our families physically, as well as to nourish them spiritually over a meal. My eyes were opened to the importance of this daily intimate gathering.
She explained that when we prepare each meal with thoughtful planning and love, we are truly serving our families, and most importantly we are serving God… Even though this may seem routine, when we do our very best, we are bringing honor to God. God simply wants us to work wholeheartedly at whatever we do. Yes, even cooking! Remember, as the scripture says we are doing it unto Him not unto humans.
I must say that it is amazing how things change when we see them from a different perspective. That evening I went home with a different attitude about preparing meals for my family, I got my excitement back, and I take joy in knowing that my family truly enjoys and appreciates every meal that I prepare for them.
Whether we are on our jobs, or home cooking or cleaning, or even doing work for our church, we are to do it wholeheartedly. When we do things wholeheartedly, it means that we care. It means that those who will benefit from
it will receive our best.
There are times when we may not want to do something for someone for whatever reason. If we can just remember during those times, to do it as unto God, because we desire to please Him, it will help us to align our will with His. This will also help us to quickly adjust our attitude, and to our surprise, we will be blessed with great joy, because honoring God, and knowing that we are pleasing Him brings us not only peace of mind but joy.
My prayer for you today is that as you continue to serve Him by serving others you will experience a joy-filled life!