Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism. Colossians 3:23-25 (NIV)
God’s heart weeps over the lost. It breaks His holy heart when they refuse to listen to the Truth and turn and be saved. Repentance truly means a turning back from our point of departure. We often boast in all the wrong things – and go down all the wrong roads - paths that lead us to nowhere fast - desiring the glitz and ease of the temporal and not the will and ways of the eternal. The roots of our desires can run deep and strong, Amen? We are all too prone to major on the minors. Earthly knowledge, strength, physical prowess, riches and on and on are all enjoyable and good and gifts from God’s hands - in and of themselves - but fragile at best and dangerous at worst if they are not used to point us back to the God Who gave them, making much of Him in our spheres of influence. In and of themselves, they will not lead to lasting joy and peace because they are fleeting, rather they very often lead us to pride. If that is our goal and purpose in this life, it is the building with wood, hay and straw that will never make it through the fire that will test the quality of each man’s work as Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (NIV): “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”
God desires to rescue us from our ruinous ways and bring us to lasting joy and perfect peace in Him. When we are working with an awareness of God’s great character and as unto Him it greatly enhances the dignity of our labor. The most menial of tasks can become the most holy as we do it as unto Him Who sees all – even the attitudes of our hearts. Brother Lawrence found he was closest to God in the simple task of peeling potatoes. We make our work holy by doing it as unto Him. And He smiles. And the world sees – and God gets the glory. God is too good not to be trusted with our lives – placing them in His all powerful Hands to lead, direct and guide for His glory and for our good. It is the Great Adventure and we will never outgive Him. In the end we will see clearly that it was no sacrifice at all to serve Him. Remember, heaven is our home, earth merely our sojourn there.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)