Do it Heartily

Heartily

 

This verse has been weighing heavily on my heart lately:

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. -Colossians 3:23

Earlier in that same chapter, Paul tells us:

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17

These are some heavy, convicting verses.  Because the verse doesn’t specify one particular type of activity or work. Instead, it says “whatever you do…”  It says “do all.

And it pierces my heart.

I love to be a hostess. I want to make sure my guests have exactly what they need and that the house is clean(ish). I’m quick to serve them. Shouldn’t I serve my own family in this way as well?

And I think of that in terms of what I would want to do for Jesus Christ. If the God of the universe were coming over to my house, how would my attitude change?

Would I huff and puff if He asked me to stop what I’m doing and get something?

Would I roll my eyes at a comment He made, or would I give Him my full attention, knowing that nothing else were more important.

Would I spend a few extra minutes browsing facebook, or a few extra minutes in His presence?

Would I waste time on this or that, or would I be preparing for Him?

The bottom line is this–He is already here. He is all seeing. He is omni-present. He is already here day in, and day out…witnessing my not-so-great (and some downright ugly) moments.

These words apply to my homemaking, homeschooling, my attitude towards my husband and children–it applies to everything I do.

It’s setting a higher standard for myself– to do my best, my all and not just enough to get by. But even more than that, it’s a matter of heart. In Colossians 3:22, Paul says that we should do things in “sincerity of heart.”

And it’s a lot easier if we have the perspective that we aren’t doing things for other imperfect humans, we are doing them for a perfect God who deserves all we have to offer and more.

There may be days when my husband or children don’t “deserve” my kindness or patience (just as there are days when I don’t deserve their patience and kindness).  But there will NEVER be a day when God doesn’t deserve my best.

There may be days when it would be easier to forget the housework and browse blogs and facebook instead.  But I need to give my all to my savior who suffered so much, who loves me so much, who sacrificed so much. And He did it all for me.

He deserves my all. And it will never be enough.

Lord, I pray that you will help me to keep perspective. Keep my mind on Heavenly things and not on earthly things because everything I do on this earth should be done as fully as if I were doing it for you, because I should be doing it for you and in Your name. Amen

Do you have a certain scripture that helps you reign in a not-so-great attitude?

Comments

  1. says

    Crystal, you put words to the random thoughts rolling around in my noggin! What a worshipful way to start my week. Thank you for reminding me that everything I do, I do for The Lord. And Ge definitely deserves my best. All.The.Time. Love you!

  2. says

    Crystal, this really really spoke to me, friend. I love your prayer at the end because those are words I need to be praying daily. It's so easy to live as though it's all about me. I have been that mama who huffs and puffs when asked to stop what I'm doing and serve a member of my sweet family. I've been that mama who gets irritated by household chores that ultimately bring comfort and "warmth" to our home. I've been the woman who cringes when the phone rings, and the person calling wants to chat with me, because my To Do list is so (self-inflicted) long and I don't really have time for casual conversation… Yes, this spoke to me BIG TIME. Thank you! I needed this message ministered to my heart. What would Jesus do? He would love all people and serve selflessly. That's what I should be doing too. :)

  3. says

    Oh yes…my heart was pierced through the conviction as I read your post. Wow, good stuff, Crystal. Thank you for pouring out your heart to share. I so needed this.

  4. says

    This is a great post. Thanks for writing with the conviction of what you believe. I believe that that is when people are blessed and ministered to. God bless your family.

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