Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24 HCSB)
“Rain drops on roses and whiskers on kittens … these are few of my …” You know the Julie Andrews song, right?
What are your favorite things? What do you get enthused about?
Golf. Bridge. Cooking. Eating. Giving. Travel. Grandkids. Something else?
Whatever it is, do it for The Lord with enthusiasm.
Robert was enthused by his joy for giving. He bought frozen apple pies, the deluxe ones, and put them in the freezer at the church kitchen! He spotted visiting families in the worship service each Sunday morning. He baked the pies in the church kitchen while I preached the sermon. He then boxed the hot delicacies and gave them to the guests as they left. He spoke the name of Jesus as he did this.
Teresa loved to sew. She found another lady at the church who loved it too. Monthly they got together and made little stuffed animals. They attached gospel tracts and encouraging notes. They delivered them personally to children in the hospital. They spoke the name of Jesus as they did this.
Joe loved golf. He took a couple of teenage guys to the driving range occasionally. He introduced them to golf and Jesus.
What do you get enthusiastic about? Do IT for The Lord. Make IT your cup of cold water you regularly use to talk about Jesus. Use it “in Jesus’ name.”
When you spend time with people doing your favorite thing, those people will eventually have a crisis of faith, question, difficult circumstance, or diagnosis. Be ready to be enthused!
Enthused? “En” means “in.” Duh! “Thu” comes from “Theos,” the greek word for GOD, as in “theology.” Do it “in God,” “as something done for The Lord.”
So, in a way, you are to be a “theologian” as you do your favorite thing. Everyone has a cup of cold water to give away.
And whoever gives just a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple—I assure you: He will never lose his reward! ”Matthew 10:42 (HSCB)
Our Father, we gratefully praise you for our salvation in Jesus Your Son! Remind us everyday to give away what we have so freely received as we do our favorite things.