“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'” (Matthew 22:37)
You will recognize this verse from the encounter Jesus had with the lawyer who asked Him which commandment in the law was the greatest. Jesus’ answer to him reminded me today to check my motivation for the things which I do — not just today, but every day. Let me explain.
In his book, Exposition of the Ten Commandments, Dr. Ezekiel Hopkins wrote: “This command has respect to worship, and requires four things: (1) We must have a God, which of course is against atheism. (2) We must have the Lord Jehovah for our God, which is against idolatry. (3) We must have the only true God, the Lord Jehovah alone, and this is against polytheism, or the worshiping of many gods. (4) It requires that all our services and acts of worship to the one and only God be performed with sincerity and true devotion.”
Go back and read that paragraph again. Does that describe your worship of God? When I read that, I was reminded of what the Apostle Paul said in Colossians 3:23 — “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” It doesn’t matter if you are singing in the choir, teaching a Sunday School class, ushering, working in a factory or in an office, or serving at home as a wife and mother — our motivation for EVERYTHING we do is the fact that we love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind.
Dr. Adrian Rogers used to say, “If we please God, it doesn’t matter who we displease; and if we displease God, it doesn’t matter who we please.” My prayer is that everything I say and do is pleasing to the Lord — regardless of what others may say or think.
Far too often we throw a “pity party” for ourselves because we are unappreciated and unnoticed by others, when in reality, we shouldn’t concern ourselves with the opinions of others. Whatever we do, we are doing it for the Lord.
How does that apply practically? If your boss comes in today and gives you a job that you really don’t want to do — don’t do it for him or her — do it for the Lord. When your children or your spouse aren’t appreciative of what you are doing at home — remember you are keeping those home fires burning for the Lord.
I believe that when we do things God’s way, for God’s glory — we get God’s blessing. In Ecclesiastes 9, Solomon said, “whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Whatever God has given you to do today — do it well and do it with the right motivation — because you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind.
Have a great day.