25th March 2017

The Gift of Whole-Heartedness

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)

Recently, I volunteered to take a leading role in a small charity. I quickly found myself being shot down in the role and rapidly became discouraged.   Within a month, I found myself regretting the work I had volunteered for, and was now committed to do for the next two years.

What would God have me do?

Well, he certainly wouldn’t want me to do a half-hearted job. As we read in Matthew 5:37, our ‘yes’ should be ‘yes’ and our ‘no’ should be ‘no,’ and I’d said ‘yes’ to this job.

In this time of discouragement, I am reminded of King David. King David was said to be a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). He put his trust in the Lord (Psalm 31:14) and everything he did, he did well (1 Samuel 18:5).

In this world, we all have to do work—both paid, and unpaid. Not all of this work is an obvious calling from the Lord, and in these times let us heed the words of the Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:22, “Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.”

Prayer
Lord God, please strengthen us to do the work set before us—whatever that might be.   Let our motivation not be for the approval of our bosses and peers, but to bear witness to you and your kingdom. Thank you for your higher calling and, when we accept that call, the freedom we find in it.   In Jesus name.
Amen

Study by Simone Royle

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About the Author:
Simone Royle attends the Birmingham Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 01213420609 (answer phone)
Mobile: 07974440580
Email: david_gibbs@wcg.org.uk

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One Response to “25th March 2017”

  1. John Magowan on March 25th, 2017 10:32 am

    Thank you Simone for your article this morning. Life can indeed be a ‘beast’ at times when things don’t go as well as hoped for. We must keep on going though, and when we do, we often find that things improve above and beyond what we originally had hoped for. Keep up the good work at all you do.

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