Do everything for the glory of God


We’ve been exploring motives. The Apostle Paul spoke to this topic so powerfully when he said, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…” (Colossians 3:17a) If you claim to be a Christian, you are to represent Jesus at all times.

Whether you are just beginning your career or you are running the company, whether you’re a student or you’re the teacher, whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.

That means we do it to glorify God. We do it to honor God, to bring praise to God. We do it to worship God.

You may say, “I’m a stay-at-home mom/dad, and I’m up to my neck in laundry and dishes.” Wash that laundry and do the dishes for the glory of God. Raise great kids for the glory of God. This is about serving Jesus where you are. It is about being faithful where you are today.

Instead of saying, “God, what’s that big thing you have for me to do out there somewhere?” serve him right where you are today. When you serve Jesus right here, it helps you get to the right there.

I am convinced that God cares more about who you are than what you do, and he cares more about why you do it than what it is that you do.

So often people ask, “What does God want me to do?” A better starting place is to ask, “Who does God want me to become?”

When life comes to an end on this earth, our focus will be on “who” not the “do.” We’ll be thinking about the “why” before the “what.” That’s what matters to God, and that will be what matters most to us in the end.

Think about Jesus. He came to save us from our sins, and the people he came to love hated him, rejected him, they tortured him and finally, they killed him. How do you think he endured that? Why didn’t he call the angels from heaven to rescue him from the cross? How did he do what he did?

It is because he knew who he was. He knew why he came. He was the son of God, born in the flesh, to bring freedom and life to a lost and dying world. When we get this right, God leads us step by step into the right places.

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