Works of the Heart

Do you ever feel like what you are doing is not enough? Do you ever feel like the things you do for the Lord or for you neighbor or family or friends are not enough? Do you ever feel like in the grand scheme of things, your work really does not matter? I know I do.

What if it is not about what we do at all? What if the work itself is not what matters? What if the task at hand, be it in what we say or what we do, is not nearly as important as the heart that we do it with? What if the important lesson that we learn in anything that we do is simply faithfulness to the Lord? Faithfulness in believing that God can and will using anything that we do, when we do it out of a grateful heart. What if the lesson that we learn is that we simply start doing something, anything for the Lord?

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If I am not intentional about doing something, anything for the Lord, I might not do anything at all. I am not a best selling novelist or preacher or speaker. Not everything that I say or do brings healing or sets free the oppressed. I have not found a cure for cancer or aides. I have not figured out how to solve all the worlds problems. That is okay.

I might just be a one or two talent kind of a person.

The important thing is not what gifts or talents you and I have, but rather what heart we choose to use them with. Because you see, a person who believes that their one talent, their one gift makes no difference, will never offer their gift or talent.

Over the last several months I have had the chance to work with people who are using their gifts and talents for the Lord. You can see some of their stage work in the picture above. They all have one thing in common. They are all creators. Each and every one of them. They create relationships, opportunities, sermons, videos, media, sound, lights, promotional advertisements, music, and so much more. They, all of them, which are too many to name, are gifted by God. All of them are offering what they have.

There are those today, who wonder what all of this has to do with spreading the good news of the gospel. Believe me, I get it. I sometimes wonder too. But what if…

What if it is not about what we do, but the heart in which we do it with?

What if, in using our gifts, it has nothing to do with the gospel at all, but one person looks at what we have done and gives praise and glory and honor to God? That makes it worth it. Even for one or two talent kind of people like me.

The point is that we offer our gifts and talents to God because we are thankful for what He has done. We offer them, even when it does not make sense.

“Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” Colossians 3:23

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