“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23 NIV)
We’ve just moved to a new house and we have tons of unpacking to do. Somehow, I’ve managed to make about three trips to the Salvation Army (hmm, that name just rang something inside of me…moving on) to donate clothing, furniture, décor, rugs, you name it. As I was starting the tenth box of things to donate, I found a lot of old socks. After I began to dump them into the donation box, I was convicted. Why was I giving trash to the “Salvation” Army? (There’s that name again!) Would I buy these socks? No! So, why would I expect someone else to purchase them? I began to think on this matter and realized how easy it is to do God the same way, especially in ministry.
I’ve been a member of the choir all of my life. I’ve even recorded (I’m a PIP, don’t get it twisted). But to be honest, I recall some Sundays, especially third services, when I would just get up there because that was my normal routine. It was not until I encountered a message from God that every time I open my mouth I should speak, act, respond, sing, and praise as unto the Lord. It should always be done with the level of pride and honor I take in being His messenger, even if I am talking to a grumpy customer service representative. In ministry, I have been very careful to do so. But my “life” is supposed to also reflect this, right?
What are you offering to God? Are you just giving Him what you have because you’ve always had it, like those old socks? Or are you making sure that everything you do is done unto Him, with a loving and sincere heart? Wives, are you being the wife God has asked you to be, even though your husband is not up to your standards? Women, are you being the role model that God has called you to be in speech, grace, interactions and attitudes? Employees, are you walking into work with a trashy attitude, expecting God to bless you with a raise or a better job? Students, are you presenting your assignments in a timely manner and in an honorable fashion that can be stamped as being submitted by a child of God? When you tithe, are you just writing a check or are you giving as an act of worship, as your best portion?
I’m reminded of the story of Cain and Abel. “In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.” (Genesis 4:3-5 NIV) They both gave sacrifices to God, but Abel’s sacrifice was of his first, best and fattest lambs and therefore God favored Him. Are we giving God our first, our fattest and our best?
The saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This may be true with man, but not with God. You are to give God your best!
Please forgive me for not giving You my best at all times. Help me to recognize that everything I do, even if it is donating something to someone else, should be done in worship unto You. Lord, please order my steps and help me to give in love, without motive of return. Please forgive these sins, and restore me with an attitude of gratitude in all things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
I EMPOWER you today to make a conscious effort to do all things as you would do them unto God. Make sure that you are giving God your best in everything you do, and God will favor you for doing so. (Psalm 37:4)
As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment. Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian Church. Check out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.