Heartily…As to the Lord

Dwight Ausley   -  

A man once convinced a group of friends from his church to help him paint his two-story house. There was a small section of trim on the upper level that was hard to get to and which actually couldn’t be seen from the ground. So the friend on the ladder called down “Do we need to paint that little piece of trim?”

The owner said yes.

“But no one can see it,” the man on the ladder argued.

“God can see it,” came the answer.

The trim was painted…

That answer reflects the heart of Colossians 3:23.  “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Paint your house as if you are painting God’s house. If we cut corners in our own life, we are admitting that it is fine to cut corners when we are serving God.

From the days of Exodus moving forward, the Israelites were taught to bring God their very best as sacrifices. An animal “without blemish” is mentioned forty-four times in the Old Testament in order to stress its importance.  It has been said that the enemy of excellence is  “good enough.” So many of God’s people are content with mediocrity and doing things in an average manner. God deserves our very best, and He deserves it all the time!

Whatever you do today, do it as if you are working, driving, playing, or serving God Himself–for you truly are.