Doing All As Unto Christ
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men…” Colossians 3:23
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:16-17
“Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” Ephesians 6:5-8
Every reasonable, intelligent human being capable of rational thought, prefers to be liked and accepted within their peer group or at least among the majority of their contemporaries. We want our friends to like us and we even want strangers, to some degree, to like and respect us as well. We want to be well thought of by everybody. No healthy minded person seeks to be rejected, humiliated, detested, shunned, ridiculed, reviled or disliked in any way. Because of this most people will do whatever they can to be accepted and included in the “group” whatever their group might be, even if they oppose things the group embraces.
Nobody relishes standing alone. It can be scary, uncomfortable and insecure. For this reason it takes courage to stand for something when people are opposing you. It is easier to stand together with a group for support.
Now, what about possessing the courage to do something unpopular, ignoble, mundane, unrecognized and un-applauded, simply because it is needful and God has called and equipped you to do it? What about that task you have determined to be beneath your exalted station, that job that needs to be done by somebody, and you have been given the task?
What should be our attitude in such times? As slaves we’d have no choice except flogging or worse. But as Christians who have been granted, by God’s grace, the right to choose the attitude by which we will serve His cause, we can refuse to do the task and thereby quench the Spirit and incur God’s displeasure, or we can do it grudgingly, murmuring and complaining all the way and still incur God’s displeasure or we can forget about ourselves, our temporary negative attitude and choose to do it with a glad heart as we would with joy and passion unto the Lord.
Choosing the “as unto the Lord” option not only pleases God, but He has promised He will do the same unto us. That is, even though we are sorely unworthy of His favor and blessing He will increase His favor and blessing toward us who lay aside our selfish needs in order to fulfill God’s greater and more noble purpose of bringing the Kingdom of God on the earth.
“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
Choosing to be a faithful ambassador for Christ in an evil and hostile world, where we run the risk of persecution, criticism, rejection, humiliation, being detested, shunned, ridiculed, and reviled is to be a true servant and disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. Choosing to do all that we are called to do for the sake of the Kingdom of God is to live the life of Christ as lights shining in the world and salt flavoring our relationships and making men thirsty for righteousness. These are essential to fulfilling the great commission.
We demonstrate our love for God when we become doers of His Word and not hearers only. We are called to serve God’s purposes and when we do that with a humble, obedient and passionate heart no matter the task or the criticism of men then we will experience the glorious joy of favor with God and with men.
“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4
“If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high placesof the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58:13-14
Every believer is now called to live every day as though it is the Sabbath, because our bodies are now the Temples of the Holy Spirit. The Father and the Son now dwell in us. So yielding our selves to the Lord moment by moment day by day brings us into perfect union with God and His purpose and plan for our lives.
“’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope…’” Jeremiah 29:11 NASB
It is God’s will that we do all acts of worship and of ministry heartily, passionately with fervor and joy as unto the Lord.