Do it or Say it as Unto the Lord
Having the right perception of God is key to everything as we spend time with Him and even as we serve Him. We are called to shine a light on the world, to serve as unto the Lord whether we’re called to the five-fold ministry, or if we’re called to be a lawyer, doctor, or even a housewife.
Service is part of being a Christian. When you are serving as unto the Lord, it becomes a ministry. You don’t have to be ordained to minister to your family, friends, neighbors, or colleagues.
Of course, there is a place for leadership and accountability, however, we are by nature called to serve. God expects us to serve, shining our light and being the salt of the earth as we serve the world and the church (Matthew 5:13).
Ministry is for Everyone
No one should say, “I am not called to minister or teach.” Every believer should be able to share the truth of the gospel whether through your testimony or by doing good to others.
Colossians 3:23-24 says that we should do everything as unto the Lord and not unto men.
The Amplified Bible goes on further to say, “Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.”
Your manner of service is very important – especially if you are serving in a place where there are no believers. This includes your workplace, for family, or people in authority such as your teachers or the police.
Serve More When the Work is Difficult
It’s easy to do things unto the Lord when things are easy and it’s what you love to do. However, when you are going to work and your boss is on your case and doesn’t appreciate your work, in difficult environments like these. it is good to focus on Jesus and do your work as if you are doing it for Him. Work and serve as if Jesus is your boss.
This is not to say that God always allows believers to go through suffering so that they learn to serve Him. No, that’s not the case. Sometimes difficult service shows us that no matter what situation we are in, He is there to protect us and will use us in that place to shine His light to that person. It is all by faith.
God will also ensure that even though you are being mistreated as you focus on serving Him, it is God that gives you the reward. That means you focus totally on God being your source – no matter what.
Think of it this way, “Serving the Lord gives dignity to the job no matter what it is.”
So, what’s the play call?
Even if your work is to cut grass, imagine cutting grass for the Creator of the universe. Of course, God doesn’t need grass to be cut, but just because you are doing it for Him, it brings enthusiasm to a job that some may see as a menial task.
God wants to use us to shine our light, so that by faith no matter what you do you do it for God.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 KJV