God deserves our full heart and best work.
A few weeks ago our team did some work projects. The most notable to me was painting the pastor’s doors in their house. The guys learned how to paint from Pastor Paul and then went right into it. Through the fun but challenging work of prepping, painting, and then cleaning I started to think of the process God brings us through in how we live our everyday lives.
Colossians 3:23-24 says…
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance.”
Does God have my all? Does He truly get all of my heart?
I would like to say yes-but being honest he doesn’t get my full heart or attention all the time. I am a guy who loves video games, anime, and that sort of thing. If I am honest sometimes those things get more of my attention and heart affection than God does. The hype I feel for the new Super Smash Bros. can be through the roof! (over 70 characters, 103 stages!!) In all seriousness though, in all of our lives there are things that whether we want to admit it or not go above our love and affection for God.
But the verse says… “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”
The challenge for me and all of us is to check our hearts. To check our motives. Am I truly living all out of God or am I half-heartly doing the things I do or do I forget God is even in the picture at all? We need to ask ourselves am I putting God first? Is there something I need to lay down before Him?
The intensity that we want something is often defined by the amount of time we think and act on it.
Although I love Super Smash Bros, I still choose to be intentional with the time I spend thinking about it and trying to figure out who the next character will be. Why? Because I want to make sure that God is first in my mind and in my actions.
Let’s take this to a few other areas in our lives
- People Pleasing:
Many of us often spend our time excessively thinking about what others think about us and do things so that we look good and they are happy with us. Why? Because we want our self worth to be validated by the approval of others, when instead, the only sense of self worth that can last comes from Jesus.
Work and being successful are great things. Things God desires us to have, but, when these desires are placed above God in our hearts then it is crooked. Why? Because we look for a sense of significance and security in these things when that should come from God.
Social media is wonderful. Unfortunately, the human tendancy to act like we have our lives put together has been amplified in this age of interconnected unconnectedness. Why is this wrong? Putting on an image that we have it together takes away the ability to be vulnerable. Vulnerability opens up the door to connectedness and love in our lives.
In all these different areas there is something in common; The focus is on ourselves.
If I am going to actually give all my heart to God I need to lay down my brokeness in front of Him. I need to give my best to Him in everything I do. I need to remember that it is not about me.
I need to make sure God has my heart.
God deserves our best
Now that I have talked about giving God our whole heart, I want to focus on being committed to God through our actions.
Think about this for a second;
“God deserves our best.”
You may read that and be like; “yeah that is true.” The thing is though that most of us don’t live that out. We say that God has our hearts yet our actions don’t line up with that. We have all this passion or even good intentions but we don’t follow through.
God wants our obedience with a willing heart. That pleases Him.
If I am just doing the right thing but don’t actually care or don’t want to do it, my heart isn’t in it. Therefore, it’s lifeless.
If I am super passionate and willing to be obedient to God but don’t follow through or do a sloppy job it is ineffective.
If I have both a willing heart and the right actions that follow, there will be power.
God deserves our best. Meaning He deserves my heart being all in as well as my actions truly being at a level of excellence.
This way of thinking gives me an responsibility to be:
- Outward focused: No longer just about me.
- Continually refined: Constantly improving to make sure I am giving at a level of excellence.
- Intentional: Living life with purpose. Checking my heart motivations.
The God who literally created the entire universe, entire existence of life by His words, the One who is so awe-inspiring came down to earth as Jesus who died for us. This God deserves our very best.
How could I not want to give everything I have to this God?
My life, my heart, my all.
He deserves my full heart and best work.