Wednesday, November 12, 2014

With All Your Might

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Everyone knows a few of them. You know, little maxims or anecdotes that are held in your memory vault. Things like: “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” Or, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” One of my favorites is this one: “One good deed is more valuable than a thousand ideas.” 

It’s great that our heart has many useful ideas, but it really does no good unless those ideas are carried out in the real world. The wise Solomon wrote, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom” [Ecclesiastes 9:10].

Many Christ followers miss out on blessings because they are waiting for greater opportunities or a different kind of work, rather than the things they “find to do” day by day. This is a great place for another maxim: “There is no time like the present.” We have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future has not arrived; this is what we have to deal with, the present. Now is the time to serve the Lord, dear Christ follower. And if you are going to do it, serve Him with a joyful attitude. [See Psalm 100:2] 

Serve the Lord; serve Him now, but be careful how you do it. Remember, Solomon said, do it “with all your might!” Whatever it is that your hand finds to do, throw your whole soul into it. And if you think you’re incapable of doing it, remember His strength is made perfect in our weakness [2 Corinthians 12:9]. 

Here’s something that may help you serve the Lord wholeheartedly today. The Christ follower’s strength is in the Lord, so:

Seek His help
Proceed with prayer
Work with faith

Having done these things, the things “your hand finds to do” will not fail in their effect! 

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1Corinthians 10:31

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