Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Colossians 3:23-24, NIV*
I’m still thinking about “seek God first” and how that applies to my life. These verses talk about seeking His approval first—before that of others.
Why am I doing what I do, or not doing what I don’t? For His glory and praise, or to please myself or others?
If I raise my hands in worship at church… is it to please Him? Or to defy those who stay still? If I keep my hands down, is it sensitivity to my neighbour… or fear of what someone might say?
That’s a silly example, maybe, but we all know about small things and small minds…. Seriously, the little choices can matter as much as the big ones, because God sees the heart.
What am I thinking about when I’m slicing strawberries for jam? Grumbly thoughts about how such tiny berries make the job take longer, or thankful ones about fresh strawberries and how sweet the small ones are?
When I’m tired at the end of the day, does it please God if I slip into a mental pity party? Or does He still want me praising Him?
Father God, You know me better than I know myself. You see my heart and deepest thoughts. Help me to seek Your approval first—to want to please You most. Help me take every thought captive and to examine it to see if it’s pleasing to You. I can’t help what thoughts come in, but in the strength of Your Spirit I can evict those that aren’t welcome to stay.
Here’s a song that’s new to me, from a new-to-me Canadian group called Christ Our Life: “Search Me, Oh God.” This song and others from the same group are available for free download at Free Godly Christian Music.
*New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Our thoughts define us, and eventually lead us into light or darkness. What nobody can see but us will eventually play out in full view to everyone around–no wonder we need to take each one captive. Thanks for the reminder.
Well said, Heather. I’d actually forgotten that aspect, but yes–what’s in there does come out. Thanks!
This is where it’s just between us and God. Others may see what we do, but never know why. God, on the other hand…
Thanks for these words of encouragement and challenge, Janet.
This is one of those things we learn early on, that God knows our thoughts, but sometimes we forget He’s listening. For me it’s a positive step to focus on pleasing Him instead of just not displeasing Him.
I agree 100 percent.
Excellent post. What is seen on the outside begins in the heart and how we need to guard our hearts – the well spring of life. Thanks, Janet.
Thanks, Elsie. This is a form of standing guard, isn’t it?