Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. …And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. …Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.
Colossians 3, MSG*
Last week I made my annual pilgrimage to Ontario for Write Canada. It’s a “double your money” event: professional development and spiritual retreat. Quality instruction, meeting old friends and making new ones, worship and excellent food-all in a beautiful setting.
By Friday morning I was tired and experiencing a degree of brain overload. Did I really want to work this hard to develop excellent writing?
In my brief devotional time before leaving my room, these verses from Colossians jumped out at me. Then, to be sure He had my attention, He echoed the theme in our worship session an hour later.
Father, please help me do my best, from the heart, for You. Help me not be sullen or reluctant, but to remember it’s You I’m living for and to embrace the leading You give. It’s not my place to decide if I like it or if I’m willing. I’m to be willing, because I’ve surrendered to You and can fully trust Your goodness. Please give me discernment to know Your leading so I don’t waste time and energy on rabbit trails.
The song He used was “You Are My King (Amazing Love),” written by Billy James Foote and performed here by the Newsboys. Note the “honour You in all I do.”
*The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson