Whatever You Do--by Kimberly B. Southall

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Some of you might have an idea. Some of you don't know, yet. Do you know what you want to do next year, next week, tomorrow? Did you know that there are scriptures that give you instructions about how to do whatever you do? Take a look:

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 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 (NIV)

You see, God loves us so much that even as we are serving Him, He gives us the freedom to pursue our own interests. While there are many commands in the Bible that we must always remember and follow, God allows us great freedom in our lives as we serve Him. Each of us is unique-there is not another living soul anywhere who is exactly like you. God made you very special. You have ideas and abilities that no one else has. And you have the freedom to use those ideas and abilities so long as you do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus while remembering that whatever you do, you are really doing it for the Lord.

When we keep in mind that everything we do as Christians affects the way others think of our Savior, we will choose the things we do and carry them out more carefully, won't we? For example, when we play ball with our friends, we will remember to be courteous, play fairly, and resist the temptation to say or do anything unkind if we lose the game. When we need to take a test at school, we will plan ahead the best we can by studying and getting enough rest before the test and then doing our best on the test. When we spend time with our friends, we will be careful which activities we participate in, because we will remember that whatever we do, we are doing it for the Lord.

When we choose to make our every activity reflect our relationship with Jesus, then we will be more careful of what we say and do, and that will glorify God, Who definitely deserves it. And when we do that, God will bless us in all sorts of ways. Not only will we have the satisfaction of knowing that we are helping others to become interested in God, but we will also grow closer to Him in the process. And God is always faithful to open all sorts of "doors" and opportunities to us when we faithfully serve Him. So always remember, whatever you do, do it for Jesus.

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