1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Sometimes it’s easy to read a passage and not meditate on the words that God is saying and wanting to say to us in a deeper more personal understanding to the issues we are facing in our day to day life.
We can quickly read a passage or a chapter and in our minds check it off our to-do list for that day. But did that quick glance, a quick read of that chapter or passage really be what God intended for us when we were to go to His word, delight in His word and meditate on His word day and night? Of course not.
We are to feed the word to our souls, that it may transform our hearts and renew our minds daily that we are not conformed to this world but transformed.
Today I woke up and saw the mess the house was in and thought to myself once again I am going to put in effort into cleaning a house that nobody will truly appreciate or take into consideration that I had to stop what I wanted to do to take basically an entire day to clean the house. Nobody was going to be grateful, I could see it already, everyone coming home piling up the dishes they could so easily just wash their own plate or place it right in the dishwasher. The garbage being filled to the top where literally there is no room, but nobody seems to think it’d be best for them to take it out. Clothing and shoes left in the living room like it was a closet, I could see it all. I felt so discouraged to clean up the house knowing that no one would really care, but if I didn’t it wouldn’t be long before someone brought to my attention that they had noticed the house wasn’t clean and how lazy I must be not to clean it up by now. I felt so frustrated knowing I need to clean because it will drive me crazy and then also thinking it won’t be long before it is all a mess again, literally 2 days most likely won’t even go by, and this isn’t living with small children but college-aged adults. I kept telling myself you have the wrong attitude you need to be a servant and do so with a joyful heart and another voice just kept saying what for you know no one will appreciate it, if you clean one thing and maybe leave another for tomorrow someone will bring up why you didn’t clean that up also, instead of being grateful you did anything at all. And if you did clean it all up no one would say thank you, or show some consideration to keep the house clean by putting things where they should go, throwing out the trash, cleaning their own dishes or putting it in the dishwasher right away.
Then, God sort of convicted me. He basically told me who cares if they are thankful or not. Who cares if they appreciate it or if they show consideration, “I have called you to serve them, to minister unto them, to die to yourself and put them first even when it feels like there is no use.” The Lord convicted me that I wasn’t serving them, before anything else I was serving God, and being faithful in what He has called me to do, even if at times it feels like there is no use, He sees that you are being obedient to what He has called you to and being faithful and He who sees what we do in secret or in faithfulness to God, will reward you openly.
Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
When God told me “you are serving me”, all of a sudden I forgot the hard work that was at hand, and whether anyone would appreciate it or notice it, I began to feel joyful, cheerful and excited to get started because I wasn’t doing this for anyone other than the Lord and to serve Him in anything is an honor. He gave me sufficient grace, and a new perspective that made me joyful and motivated to do a task I was desperately dreading.
I challenge you today, what in your life are you wanting to do but sometimes you think what is the use? What in your life is God calling you but you think again what is the use? What is your life are you not wanting to do? Maybe it’s like me cleaning up a house that nobody seems to help you out with and sometimes you just want to give up. Maybe it’s college and work is piling up and you want to give up. Maybe you don’t feel equipped, able, strong enough, nobody else will care? Well, God care.
We don’t need the audience of the world there is only one audience we should seek to please and that is the audience in Heaven, but most important the Most High who care for us more than anyone else, who loves us, and rewards those who are faithful in the little things.