For the Lord

Colossians 3: 23-24

 09/10/17

Paul tells us, “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.” (vs 23-24) Everything we do in life should be done as a witness of our love and devotion unto our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 1                    Honorable Service

 Are you being called upon to make challenging sacrifices? There are times when you may be required to take on jobs or responsibilities that are difficult or you feel are beneath you. You may be tempted to develop a bad attitude. But do not. Right now there’s nothing more important and more victorious you can do than to give your best effort for the Lord. Do you serve the Lord with honor and a right spirit? Under the category of whatever you do is meant to include all activities in your life. We must evaluate our lives on a continual basis to see if we are rendering honorable service unto the Lord. We are not to be sponges that soak in the things of God and yet do nothing to serve Him. We are to be servants led by the Holy Spirit and filled with the Holy Spirit who willingly sacrifice for the glorious works of the Lord!

 How are you serving the Lord through your personal life?

      This goes beyond attending church.

How does God want to use you, your gifts, and abilities to serve Him?

 2                    Holy Mindset

 Your attitude and mindset about what you have to do make a tremendous difference, directly affecting your service now, but also impacting eternity. Why, because one day will stand in the presence of Jesus and be judged for what you’ve done and how you honored Him in what He gave you to accomplish. This is not the judgment of your salvation but the judgment of the believer’s works which God ordained for us to do. (2 Corinthians 5:10) Keep this in mind as you go about your day. You may have many unpleasant responsibilities to take care of, but do them joyfully for the Lord, knowing that He will reward your loving obedience. That change in your mindset and perspective alone will make all the difference in your day and also in eternity. Can you say, “Lord, whatever I am called to do, I will do it joyfully and with excellence, knowing I am serving You?”

 How has the Holy Spirit been prompting you to serve the Lord?

What hinders you from serving the Lord faithfully?

Do you sometimes feel guilty that others are bearing your responsibilities of service?

 3                    High Calling

We have a high calling from the Lord. Paul said, “Tell Archippus: See to it that you complete the work you have received in the Lord.” (Colossians 4:17) Do you find that God must constantly prod you to keep growing in your faith? Or perhaps you’ve progressed in your relationship with Him, but there’s not much fruit and you wonder what’s going on? If so, it may be that the Lord has called you to serve Him in a specific way, but you have refused. It’s possible that you are not using your gifts to honor Him, or you are ministering in areas make you feel uncomfortable rather than really obeying what He’s asked you to do. You may have your own agenda and goals, but remember the highest, most wonderful purpose you can embrace is to faithfully carry out whatever He specifically created you to do. (Ephesians 2:10)Those who follow Him in such a way encounter adversity, yes, but they also experience the power of the Holy Spirit, for guidance, faith, hope, and strength when doing the Father’s will. This is life at its very best. So don’t settle for anything less. Be sure to carry out the ministry He gives you. Ask the Lord where He would have you to serve and to lead you to obey and glorify Him! Discover all you were created for!