Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
We see half-hearted work in every element of society, in our own lives and our spiritual service. In the book of Joshua, Caleb said that he wholly followed the Lord. Can we say that? Did you realize that it’s not recommended that we pray? We’re commanded to pray; not only that, we’re to pray without ceasing. That doesn’t mean that we pray all the time. It means that we’re to have a regular prayer life and we don’t let anything interfere with it. It’s a privilege to pray. We see half-hearted attitudes toward the Bible. Do you believe it’s the infallible, inherent Word of God? It is. But many don’t live like it is. We should, yet many don’t read it. They don’t search the Word. They don’t meditate on it. Nothing will cause backsliding as quickly as ignoring the Word of God. We see half-heartedness in personal convictions. Not much is wrong anymore. When looking back over the years, things that used to be a sin are no longer considered sins. If the Bible says something is wrong, it is still wrong. There is half-heartedness in service to the Lord. We get satisfied. We must always remember that the battle is not against other people or other churches. It’s against the devil. This church has the location to be what it should be. We have the facilities needed. We have a lot to offer the people in the area who need the Lord. We have to be willing to work in the vineyard of the Lord. When the woman in the Bible anointed the feet of Jesus with oil, some complained that it should have been sold to help the poor. Jesus said the woman had done what she could. That’s what we have to do–what we can. Don’t try to be somebody else. Be who and what the Lord has called you to do and be. And do it wholeheartedly.
Why should we be a good husband or wife, son or daughter, employee? Why be faithful? Why pray? Why witness? Verse 24 tells us why. Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. We will give an account of our life and service. We will not stand before each other or give account for each other. Do we not want to hear well done? Sure, we do. Then, let’s do what we can. There is something for everyone to do.