Devotional for Friday December 22nd

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men …” Colossians 3:23

 

Our thought for today: “Do your best.”

 

Just do your best. That will always be enough. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect but He does expect us to do our best. That’s what Paul was teaching in Colossians 3:23. To set-up that point, in that passage he gave us a laundry list of everyday life situations. He wrote about how wives are to get along with their husbands and husbands with their wives. He told children to obey their parents, and He instructed workers to work hard. Then he said “Whatever you do …” do it enthusiastically as if you were doing it for the Lord. In other words, do your best in all situations. Don’t make excuses for being sloppy or mediocre.

 

In my first career I spent almost twenty-one years in the Navy. After I retired from that, and as I was going to Seminary at night, I worked during the day for the Department of Defense in a civilian capacity. Unfortunately, in a government environment it’s not uncommon to sometimes encounter a worker who makes minimal effort and who produces poor results. The phrase such a person will often use is, “It’s good enough for government work.”

 

Such an attitude is never okay for Christians. As the people of God we’re called to a different and higher standard. Christians should always be the best workers in every workplace. Christians should be the most attentive students, the most dependable friends, the best relatives. We should strive to do our best at whatever we’re doing. Paul said “Whatever you do …” do it as if the Lord Himself is on the receiving end of your efforts.

 

Well if we’re doing it for Jesus then that changes things, doesn’t it? That report you’re preparing at work – you’re preparing it for Jesus to read. The sale you’re about to make – Jesus is your customer. The math problem the student is working to solve – you’re solving it for Jesus. You think you’re washing that laundry for you family but actually you’re doing it for Jesus. Those boxers might as well be His.

 

So don’t make excuses. Never settle for less than your best. We are the people of God. We are to be our best and we are to do our best in all situations.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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