Last updated on June 26th, 2020 at 07:19 am
One inspiring bible verse that encourages us to do more in God’s service is Colossians 3: 23.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men
God is the creator of the heavens and the earth. He also created everything that is on earth. He has given life to all humans and wishes that we worship him in spirit and truth.
God is not assertive on us to worship him. He wants us to make our own choices. If you’ve decided to serve God and be thankful, he is pleased.
However, if you’ve decided not to serve him, he lets you follow your paths. He gives you so much time to repent because God wishes that none should perish.
One crucial aspect of his service is commitment. He wishes that we are entangled in the work of God. That we take it seriously and focus on serving him with whatever we’ve got.
Literally, this verse seems to imply that whatever we do is “for the lord.” That is, if we serve God faithfully we are doing it for him. If we donate to the work of God, we are doing it for the benefits of The Most-High God.
So, what does it mean to do everything as unto the Lord? What does it mean to work heartily in whatever we do? Are there blessings if we serve God with all our hearts, soul, and mind?
Does God need your work, praise, and money?
The first time I read through this verse, I was thinking, Is it possible to do anything for the Lord?
I was wondering, does God need my money? Does he need me to help the poor for himself? Does God almighty get hungry and need me to feed him?
On second thought, I quickly remembered the words of God to Abraham in Genesis 14:18. God said;
Is there anything too hard for the lord?
In other words, God is all-powerful. He can do anything. God can turn stone to humans if he needs worshippers. He can raise the dead. God can heal the sick.
So, why should I worry about doing everything for the lord?
I decided to search through the scripture, and I found out so many verses that show God does not need anything from me. Here are some to inspire you;
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me. I will not accept a bull from your house or goats from your folds. For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine. “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.
In this verse, I noticed the power of God. He owns everything, including all that we have. He owns the birds of the air and all the beast of the forest.
God said, if he were to be hungry, there is no reason to tell any man because he owns the earth and everything thereof.
2. Job 22:2
Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself.
Job was a servant of God that was severely tempted and persecuted by the devil.
Yet, in all, he was faithful to the service of God. He knew, all things (good or bad), comes to every man because God allows it.
In this verse, he is reminding me and you that there is nothing we shall do that will profit God. We cannot feed him. We cannot give God money. He owns everything.
In other words, if we decided to contribute to his service, we are only doing it for ourselves.
3. Acts 17:24-26
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.
This is yet another verse that tells us that, God does not need anything from us. In reality, we are nothing before his eyes. Our wealth counts for nothing. Our strength in the Lord counts for nothing.
He has given you everything you own. Therefore, God does not need anything from you.
So, How can we Do everything as unto the Lords?
We’ve already found out that God needs nothing from us. He does not need them because he owns them in the first place.
If you are still in doubt, Maybe the words of John the Baptist will convince you. He said;
A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
So, if God owns everything, what did Paul mean by saying “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
The answer is right there in the bible. Let take a look at the next verse (verse 24). Paul said
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ
So, finally, we’ve gotten to the most important point. All you’ve done in the service of God is for your benefit. It has nothing to benefit God.
In fact, if you contributed to help the poor in the church, it is for your own benefit. If you are part of the choir, you are praising God for your own benefits.
Paul is saying that for all we do in God’s service we have an inheritance in the end. God has promised us Eternal Life where there will be no pain, sorrow, persecution, or wickedness.
In God’s kingdom, we will only know love, peace, and happiness. Therefore, all you do in the service of God is for that inheritance to be yours.
Whatever you do, work heartily: A story to Inspire You
One important Bible story that reminds us to give our best in the service of God is the story of Cain and Abel.
Just to remind you, they were both the first children of Adam and Eve. Cain is the eldest and was a farmer. Abel, on the other hand, was a shepherd.
The bible says God requested a sacrifice from them. So, Cain got some of the produce from his farm while Abel also presents before the lord the best of his sheep.
God was so happy with the sacrifice of Abel. He was happy that he gave the best of all the had. To quote the bible, “He also brought the firstlings of his flock and the fat thereof.”
For this singular act of faith, God blessed Abel. Though dead, his faith in giving the best sacrifice is documented in the scriptures.
Therefore, in God’s service, we must give our best. And whatever we do, we must not do it grudgingly. God wants us to give with our minds. He wants us to give cheerfully.
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
If we do this, we will claim our blessing in the end.
Do Everything As Unto The Lord Bible verses
I have compiled five other bible verses that emphasize dedication to God’s service. Read and be blessed through Christ our Lord.
1. Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him
2. Ephesians 6:6-7
not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,
3. Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
4. 2 Chronicles 31:21
And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.
5. 1 Peter 2:15
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.