"as IF you were working for the Lord..."

Published by Miles Vincent Grimes under on 8:12 PM
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.
Colossians 3:23-24
I just got back Monday from a wonderful weekend trip to Ensenada, Mexico with my youth group. It was such a blessing and so rewarding to be a part of God's work in another country. There were three teams: 2 Vacation Bible School teams and a Building Team. I had the opportunity to serve on the building team which was both fun and tough. Prior to this trip, I was reflecting on a passage from 1 Corinthians 10:31 that says "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." In the past, I have always heard commentators, speakers, peers, and adults describe this verse the following way:

What if God was standing right there? Would you want to show him your work? Do you think it would be acceptable in His eyes? You must do all things as if you are doing them to the Lord. You must do your homework as if you are doing your homework for the Lord. You must play the piano as if you are playing for the Lord, etc.

Hmmm...so if I am to be doing EVERYTHING as if, I am doing it for the Lord, what in the world does that look like?!!? Why doesn't anyone give examples...it's all generic with no meaning except to give empty direction. details, details, details.

This is the question that I asked God that morning on Sunday before our team drove to the half completed 16x20 foot house.

Well, very shortly after this question had been raised in my mind and minutes before our departure, I approached one of the leaders, Phil Demartimprey, about the subject. It is quite amazing how quickly the Lord answers prayer. He recently had been praying about the exact same issue! Coincidence? nah...just Christ at work. We talked about it during the remaining time we had left before we drove off, and I came to a conclusion after our discussion.

There is no question if whom we are serving is the Lord. We ARE serving Christ! He even tells us that whatever we do for the least of these (homeless, prostitutes, gamblers, murderers) we do for Him, for Christ. That day I worked as hard as I possibly could, with everything I had left in me because the realization struck me that I was not building this house for man...I was building the house for Christ. It is Christ's house and I don't want to put forth a half-hearted effort into something that I would be handing over to Him. Our work is not supposed to be done AS IF we are doing it for Christ...the fact is, WE ARE doing it for Christ. It gave me such satisfaction as I have never had before to KNOW that my effort for Christ was not in vain, and although it might have been hard and draining... it didn't matter I was building a stinkin' house for CHRIST!! How rad is that!

Now the question might be raised, "Well, do we sin to the best of our ability because we are doing it for Christ? After all, we are supposed to do 'all things' as if for the Lord." Well, the Bible clearly outlines what should and should not be done in regards to sin. Just look it up in Paul's letters! (If you would really like some references, just ask)

Consider 1 Corinthians 10:13 again. Really examine the words Paul uses.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

"So whether you EAT or DRINK..."

Always bring the Lord Jesus Christ the glory and the honor!


Possmer said... @ February 2, 2009 at 7:55 AM

Thanks for the fresh perspective on this idea of working for God...I was wrestling with it this morning, and finding your blog entry is an answer to prayer. Keep on seeking Christ with everything in you.


Anonymous said... @ July 25, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Im on a mission trip in peru currently and am searching verses that will benefit the kids. Your explanation and experience really filled up my cup. Thanks

Anonymous said... @ August 23, 2009 at 12:50 PM

I am a medical student who is trying very hard to find one more ounce of motivation. Devoting myself to studying 18 hours a day has been quite taxing! In need of some inspiration, I remembered this verse, Googled it, and found your blog. Thanks so much -- this has refreshed my perspective, and my will to continue on to wherever God is leading me. God bless you.

Anonymous said... @ August 31, 2009 at 7:28 AM

I was looking exactly for Colossians 3:23-24 for a lecture I have been asked to give on "Cristian Women working out of the house in today's world" for our prayer group. I found your blog which not only gave me the Biblical Cite but gave me a whole new approach to the subject. (and this too is not a "coincidence", just Christ at work!!). Also, I am peruvian, so the previous comment put a smile on my face too. Thank you!

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