Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. – Colossians 3:21-25
To borrow a theme from Nike (but not any content at all), here are some thoughts based on Ecclesiastes 9:10: “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.”
Here is a universal command – just do it! Do what? There are some things everyone needs to do: whatever there is to do, what needs to be done, what one is able to do, what one is gifted to do, what no one else will do, and you can fill in the rest. Actually, “just do it” pertains to all of life – work, family, home, business, ministry, etc., but for now, ministry is in focus. So we can safely say that there is something for everyone to do, some things that anyone can do, some things that you can do, and even some things that only you can do. Seems we need to ask the Lord honestly what Paul asked Him in Acts 9:6: “Lord what wilt Thou have me to do?”
But is not only a universal command, it is also what I call an “unfolding” command. We are told how to do it: with all your energy and ability. We are told when to it: today, not tomorrow because tomorrow is too uncertain. We even know the real reasons why we don’t do it: all talk and no act, the consuming demon of regret, the paralysis of good intentions, focus on the work of others (we are either overawed into inaction or swallowed up with criticism), the ravenous animal called procrastination, preoccupation with other interests, etc. You can probably add to this list.
But the command is not only universal and unfolding, it is also urgent; life at best is brief and extremely uncertain, and there is a day of judgment coming when we will be called into account for what we have done with what we have been given. This one troubles me, because I am acutely aware that I have not always done all I could with what I have been given by the Lord. It would be awful to meet Him and find that I had been very successful in regard to temporal issues and a failure in regard to eternal factors. Finally, it is urgent because we are building for the future – not only our own but also for those who come behind us. No matter our situation in life, there are those who are looking to us and also to some degree patterning after us.
Whatever it is that the Spirit has prodded you about as you have read these words, JUST DO IT!!
– Charles Wood, The Woodchuck’s Den