as IF you were working for the Lord…
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It IS the Lord Christ you are serving.
I just got back Monday from a wonderful weekend trip to Ensenada, Mexico with my youth group. It was such a blessing and so rewarding to be a part of God’s work in another country. There were three teams: 2 Vacation Bible School teams and a Building Team. I had the opportunity to serve on the building team which was both fun and tough. Prior to this trip, I was reflecting on a passage from 1 Corinthians 10:31 that says “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” In the past, I have always heard commentators, speakers, peers, and adults describe this verse the following way:
What if God was standing right there? Would you want to show him your work? Do you think it would be acceptable in His eyes? You must do all things as if you are doing them to the Lord. You must do your homework as if you are doing your homework for the Lord. You must play the piano as if you are playing for the Lord, etc.
Hmmm…so if I am to be doing EVERYTHING as if, I am doing it for the Lord, what in the world does that look like?!!? Why doesn’t anyone give examples…it’s all generic with no meaning except to give empty direction. details, details, details.
This is the question that I asked God that morning on Sunday before our team drove to the half completed 16×20 foot house.
Well, very shortly after this question had been raised in my mind and minutes before our departure, I approached one of the leaders, Phil Demartimprey, about the subject. It is quite amazing how quickly the Lord answers prayer. He recently had been praying about the exact same issue! Coincidence? nah…just Christ at work. We talked about it during the remaining time we had left before we drove off, and I came to a conclusion after our discussion.
There is no question if whom we are serving is the Lord. We ARE serving Christ! He even tells us that whatever we do for the least of these (homeless, prostitutes, gamblers, murderers) we do for Him, for Christ. That day I worked as hard as I possibly could, with everything I had left in me because the realization struck me that I was not building this house for man…I was building the house for Christ. It is Christ’s house and I don’t want to put forth a half-hearted effort into something that I would be handing over to Him. Our work is not supposed to be done AS IF we are doing it for Christ…the fact is, WE ARE doing it for Christ. It gave me such satisfaction as I have never had before to KNOW that my effort for Christ was not in vain, and although it might have been hard and draining… it didn’t matter I was building a stinkin’ house for CHRIST!! How rad is that!
Now the question might be raised, “Well, do we sin to the best of our ability because we are doing it for Christ? After all, we are supposed to do ‘all things’ as if for the Lord.” Well, the Bible clearly outlines what should and should not be done in regards to sin. Just look it up in Paul’s letters! (If you would really like some references, just ask)
Consider 1 Corinthians 10:13 again. Really examine the words Paul uses.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
“So whether you EAT or DRINK…”
Always bring the Lord Jesus Christ the glory and the honor!