BIBLE READING: EPHESIANS 6
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
“Doing the will of God from the heart”
You can always tell the difference between a person who is doing something from the heart, and a person who is doing something out of obligation. When I was a teenager, one of my jobs was to always wash my dad’s vehicle. I did not enjoy that at all. I love my dad, but it really was not my car so I would do it, but I would not say that I did it from my heart. In fact, I would cut every corner I could to try to get done as fast as I could. Of course, my dad would make me go back and do it right and I would have done it much faster if I would’ve done it right from the start, but we all know how teenagers are. but when I got my first car, I washed it just about every day. And I loved to clean up that car and make it look sharp. I would take my time, be meticulous, and loved every second of it. I guess because it was “my car”. My heart was in it.
It is not enough for you and I to do the will of God. We must do the will of God from the heart. Otherwise, we really have not done the will of God. When it comes to God’s will, our attitude is just as important as our action. That’s why this passage teaches that whatever we do, we must do it for the Lord. If we do it for people, then we’re going to hate it and resent it at times, because people will agitate us. We will think that some people don’t deserve our efforts. But if we do everything to the Lord, and not to men, then we will always give our best because why in the world would we not give our best to the Savior who died for us?
This passage teaches that we should always remember that whatever we do for another person in the name of the Lord, God always returns that back to us. We often don’t know how or when, but God always rewards obedience. Give it your best today. Try to be imitators of Christ today. And remember, do it “as to the Lord, and not to men”!