Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
The believer’s every endeavour should be done for the Lord and not simply for men. All should be done to the glory of God even to the extent of what man eats and drinks (1 Corinthians 10:31). Before the believer considers changing appearance for the sake of beauty, he or she should ask whether or not this thing will bring glory to God. Before a believer marks his flesh with a tattoo, he should consider the words of His God (Leviticus 19:28). Before spending a great deal of money on one’s appearance, he should ask if God would rather the money be given elsewhere. Every aspect of man’s life is about pleasing the One who created him with and for a specific purpose (Revelation 4:11).
- (For children): To be able to please God in everything we do, we must first prepare our hearts as Ezra did “to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it” (Ezra 7:10). Remembering what Christ did for us helps us to properly focus upon glorifying Him (2 Corinthians 5:15).
- (For everyone): How can you do everything to the glory of God? How can this even apply to how you deal with your appearance? Do you seek to glorify Him in everything you do?
- Have you been secretly murmuring that these things should not matter to God? Have you forgotten He purchased you with His blood and that you are not your own (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)?
- Ask the Lord to help you do all to His glory.
- Ask God to help you place your all upon the altar.
SONG: IS YOUR ALL ON THE ALTAR?
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 1, WEEK 5)
The scripture declares in our passage that the hearts of the people melted as they lost courage (i.e., they lost strength).
Courage must rely upon the power of God and not upon man’s wisdom or one’s own abilities.
Ungodly courage, on the other hand, can many times be used to hinder the work of God.