With All Your Heart

Good enough – Whatever — Never mind

We produce our best work when we are most motivated.

This is why I believe the Lord calls me to serve Him as a pastor. When I serve Him and His people, I am motivated to do my best. When I am “tent-making,” or doing something else, I don’t have the same motivation. So when Scripture tells me, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” I understand the bar is high. The beautiful thing is that the Lord is pleased when I try my best, even when the world does not think much of what I do.

Yet, the irony is that when I do my best for the Lord, my best comes out, and I grow. Sloppiness does not bring glory to God. Something is not good enough until it is my best. And when it is my best, it is good enough—with God.

What grabs me is that sometimes, it takes time to develop this motivation. “Working for the Lord” is unpaid work for all of you, and unsupervised work for me. When a person is not paid (you) and not supervised (me), doesn’t that person produce the worst work? Yet, Scripture tells us to serve wholeheartedly as to the Lord.

“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)

Let’s put it the other way around. Let’s say, we need to serve the Lord as though we are paid $1 million a day. Would that make better sense? For many, that would make more sense than to say we need to do our daily work as though we are serving God, with no pay and without supervision.

What happens when we serve Jesus because we love Him and love one another? Our motives become purified. The person who volunteers to serve will often do something well within his abilities. There will be times when that work is recognized and he receives affirmation. There will be times when it is not recognized and God whispers to him, “My child, you are doing it for Me, remember?”

The way our heart works is that when we work for money, beyond a certain point, money no longer motivates. God creates the human heart so that we need more than money to motivate us. Serving our Father without payment, without supervision, and sometimes without praise, purifies our heart.

We serve God because we love God. We love God because we serve God. Our heart will not leave us at peace if our love for Abba Father does not express itself in some way tangible. And when we learn to express our love for God in service, our love gets purified and it grows.

I think one reason why the best Christians do the best work in the world is that God uses our service to purify our heart. And the heart that is purified for service does the better work.

The ministry here is still young and we have a lot of space for people to grow. We are not the established church that has perfected every ministry. We are folks serving with all our heart as unto the Lord. And we encourage each other to serve with all our heart.

Every generation will have “whatever” people. People who do not care. People who just show up and expect to be the star of the show. We are not “whatever” people. We are “all your heart” people because “it is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

When we serve the Lord in community, and work in the world, with all our heart as though we are serving Christ, we can look forward to an inheritance from the Lord as our reward. In the meantime, the Holy Spirit of God purifies our motives and transforms us.

Are you ready to make a difference in your life? Serve the Lord with all your heart. Start small, but start and do not give up. You will see the truth of how your giving will make you grow, how you will receive much more than you can give away – as you serve with all your heart.

Pastor Peter Eng

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