Whatever thy hand finds to do, do it with all your might – Ecclesiastes 9:10
Just do it! Do what’s possible, and God will do the impossible. After all, doing something is better than a million bright ideas. You don’t want to miss the break afforded you by waiting for some great or perfect opportunity. Today, practice your faith by walking it out, working it out, living it out. By maximizing your efforts mightily the arousal to service will energize your life as you “serve the Lord with gladness” (Psalms 100:2).
We are created to be productive, and that can not be achieved until we have a mind to serve in one form or another. Kathryn Kuhlman said, “Conversion is more than letting Jesus into your heart. It is giving Him not only your heart but also your body, as a living sacrifice”.
Our tendency is to avoid doing something because we are afraid our contribution won’t matter. Due to the fact that we evaluate ourselves by our present circumstances, but Jesus sees us in the fullness of our potential.
There’s a story about the famous conductor, Sir Michael Costa. As he was conducting a rehearsal with hundreds of instruments and voices, the mighty chorus rang out with the thunder of the organ, the roll of drums, and the blare of horns. In the midst of all the din, one man who played the piccolo, far up in a corner, said to himself, “It does not matter what I do,” and ceased to play.
Suddenly, the great conductor stopped, flung up his hands, and quieted the performers. “Where is the piccolo?” he cried. His sharp ear had missed it, and the whole piece had been spoiled.
It does matter what you do!
You may feel that you’re insignificant, but you are a part of the Kingdom of God and there is purpose in what you are doing. “From whom the whole body fitly joined together compacted by every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:16). You are made useful by the power of God’s word and while serving, there are five important words to remember, “do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5).
There’s no better day than today to serve effectively. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow’s not here; this is the day in which to work, love and live. There’s not a minute to waste! Be fruitful and productive now. “Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty” (Proverbs 16:26). No one ever served God successfully by doing things tomorrow. Be prompt and purposeful. Do it, as unto the Lord! “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23).
Do it with all your might! Whether the task is great or small don’t get stuck on the size of it. Are you doing that? Don’t forget, God will use everything to facilitate His purpose. It’s through His amazing grace that little becomes much, and “strength is made perfect in weakness, that the power of Christ would rest upon you” (2 Corinthians 1:9).
So, don’t give up hope…, after losing a baseball game, cartoon character Charlie Brown pours out his heart to his friend Lucy, “All my life I’ve dreamed of pitching in the big leagues, but I’ll never make it!” Lucy replies, “You’re thinking too far ahead, Charlie Brown. Set yourself more immediate goals. Start with the next inning, for example. When you go out to pitch, see if you can walk to the mound…without falling down.”
Opportunities and obstacles, they go together. As a matter of fact, we Christians are believed to be at our best under pressure (see Isa 59:19). God is calling and a “great door…has been opened” (1 Corinthians 16:9 NIV) and His power is released in our lives by enemy invasion. Challenges come, as they surely will, deal with the issues at hand and purpose in your heart to serve gladly, with all your might. While serving remember this, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Throughout history there have been many individuals who have served passionately, and successfully. Do you have any favorites? How has their service influenced your life?
Have you ever felt hidden away in your service or insufficient? How did you overcome these feelings and continue in what God has called you to do?
Have any of your life’s dream opportunities, ‘such as pitching in the big leagues’ influenced the choices you have made? Do you have a friend like Lucy to encourage you?
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