Whatever you do for Christ……
Do it contentedly
Do it joyfully
Do it cheerfully
Do it lovingly
Do it patiently
Do it faithfully
Do it peacefully
Do it kindly
Do it gently
Do it humbly
I was extremely convicted when I thought about my life through this lens. I made this list based off of the fruit of the Spirit passage from Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
If you think about it, if we are doing something for God, it should have fruit. It should produce something good. That’s what the fruit of the Spirit is about. So if we are truly doing something for Christ, the fruit of the Spirit should appear in our work.
For instance, if you are doing homework for Christ, you should
Do homework contentedly
Do homework joyfully
Do homework cheerfully
Do homework lovingly
Do homework patiently
Do homework faithfully
Do homework peacefully
Do homework kindly
Do homework gently
Do homework humbly
Convicting? I sure hope so. ‘Cause if you think you meet this standard, you are either utterly prideful or completely perfect.
Do you dance for Jesus? Do you serve those around you for Jesus? Do you play music for Jesus? Do you stack wood and buck hay bales for Jesus? Do you blog for Jesus? Do you write for Jesus? The list goes on and on.
If you dance for Jesus…
If you serve for Jesus….
This has been so immensely humbly and convicting to me! If I’m baking, if I’m practicing my cello, whatever I’m doing, I want to ask myself “Am I doing this contentedly, joyfully, cheerfully, lovingly, patiently, faithfully, peacefully, kindly, gently, and humbly?”.
I ended up deciding to print a simple 8.5×11 inch paper with this message on it, and put it up in front of my desk on the wall. I decided to put it in a pdf, so that you guys could print it off if you want to.
Get it here:
Nobody can be perfect. Aside from Jesus himself, no one can reach perfection on this side of heaven. But there is this beautiful thing called sanctification. God is slowing transforming each and every one of us who are his adopted children into the image and likeness of his son. Growth is a thing that all of us long for. It is something in our very nature. We desire to press on, to grow, but only in Christ can that happen. One of the biggest ways that God helps us grow is by the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Do not resist God trying to mold you. Listen to his voice. We are called to be different from the world!
“For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”” –Hebrews 3:14-15
“It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.”
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” -Philippians 2:14-15
Thank you for reading this post, and I hope it was helpful to you! May God greatly bless you in the next weeks, months, and years to come, and may you grow in Christ more than you ever thought possible.
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So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”-1 Corinthians 10:31
(All Scripture Quotations are from the ESV translation)