Do it heartily as to the Lord (21 Sep 2014)

Colossians 3:23-24. And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

I feel that it is important to serve our Lord heartily. It is not easy if we do it with our human strength or effort. To do this, we have to change our attitude, and this would make a difference. If we serve a king, we are motivated as we are proud to associate ourselves with the king. We would like to be with the king as much as possible. Our Lord is  more precious than a king. Hence, we should always be happy to associate with Him and to do or work cheerfully in our daily work, and doing everything for His sake.

It is difficult to live this kind of life.  The reason is that as human being, we are weak and we like to do work for selfish reasons. When we work, we have the tendency to do it for our personal benefits.  There is this habit to impress one another. We also want to show that we are better than the others. We want to be better or the best, so that we can be recognised and rewarded. The danger here is we may fall, make mistakes, thus hurting one another.

When we do it for the Lord, doing the most mundane thing is a joy.  We need to be prayerful and depend upon God to help us. Pray without ceasing (1 Thess 4:17). Prayer helps. It is great to work in a church office. When there are challenges or difficulties, the Lord draws us to come together to pray and share ideas and solutions to resolve any problem. Praying is wonderful as we can connect directly to God to ask for His blessings and guidance.

I am asking the Lord for wisdom and strength as I commit the following to the Lord.

Firstly, to strive for excellence as I serve Him.  “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). To be faithful in my work and always looking to improve the working environment and to encourage good team spirit. I should interact well with people as I meet them in the course of my work. When I know them well, I ask for His grace to share Christ to them.

Secondly, to ask God to help me to speak words of grace. “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29).  We should not hurt people with our words. We should always help one another to grow in the Lord with our words of encouragement and praying for them, asking the Lord to bless their walk in the Lord and their daily work. See Christ is as our example. We see in the Gospels that the Lord has been always blessing and ministering to people.

Thirdly, to be always cautious of the need to share the gospel. “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20). There is this danger of losing focus in our life. We are so busy that we forget to share the Gospel to the people we meet everyday. I have just been reminded from a previous Sunday worship service to continue to be a witness to others, by giving gospel tracts. By God’s grace, I would like to give tracts everyday as I meet people.

Brother Eddy Oh