One of the passages of scripture that I have been reading from a lot lately and studying is the book of Colossions. Yesterday and today I have been reading from the third chapter. And there were a couple of things that stood out to me that I wanted to share…..
Colossians 3:17 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.
Colossions 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not for men….
What struck me from both of these verses was that we are instructed by God through the words of Paul to the people of Colossae (which was a trade town, and very diverse in in culture and religious beliefs) to do everything as unto the Lord. Our pleasure in our works (whatever they are, whether it is physical work or serving God or family or whatever those works are) should not be sought by pleasing man or even ourselves, we should be doing all things and saying all things to please the Lord. I have read this scripture many many times, and have even committed it to memory, and for a long time when I was serving God regularly in our former church and it was easy to get puffed up by people, I had to pray these verses so that I could keep my perspective in the right place (I wasn’t doing this for others, I was doing it for God). But this morning what struck me was that we, as humans, tend to set work, pleasing man, our home life, etc as idols. Things that we put above God. I know that I am guilty of that! This morning I prayed and asked God to reveal to me everything that I may set as an idol in my life and put ahead of God…..my stumbling blocks. I am so blinded to them that while I know what a couple of them are, I don’t really realize where so many of them are in my life. My prayer today is that God would reveal those to me through His Holy Spirit, and that they would come crumbling down and that I would remember to do everything in word or deed for the Glory of the Lord…..not man!