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07/22/12 Whatsoever We Do!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Thursday, July 26, 2012 Under: Sermon
Text: Colossians 3:17-23 (NKJV)

17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. 18 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

Intro: The gospel is a message to the whosoevers. As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one." Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." The book of Romans explains in Christ whatsoever we do; it is done with the mindset of Christ in me!

Becoming a Christian changes our position … and practice, makes us citizens of heaven and adds earthly responsibility, Whatsoever We Do.

1. The Master of Whatsoever We Do: vs.17

"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

Do you ever wonder why so many Christians are unhappy? It really is simple, the unhappy Christians is the Christian that does things that displeases the Lord. This is the Christian that keeps part of their life to self. They seek fellowship with those who live only for this world, the results of the compromising: Every victory carries a touch of defeat, Every time of rejoicing tempered by remorse and Every blessing flavored by sadness. There should be no division of the sacred and secular for us, Christ should be the Master of all we do. So is He? Is Jesus Christ the master of whatsoever you do?

The believer is to have a heart that does all in the name of Christ. Whatever he does in word or deed, he does all in the name of the Lord Jesus. The believer has a choice. He is the one who speaks and acts; no one speaks and acts for him. Whether or not he speaks and acts for Christ is his choice. The command is there: "do all in the name of the Lord Jesus," but the choice as to what he talks about and does is his. He and he alone is responsible for his words and deeds. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

2. The Manner of Whatsoever We Do: vs. 23

"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men."

“Do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not to men” With good heart, not of groveling necessity. Do everything enthusiastically.

- Don’t lag … but lunge into every task
- Don’t drag … but dive into every responsibility
- Don’t groan … but give full devotion to every job

How to find real joy in living: “Whatsoever you do!” do housework heartily as to the Lord, tend to the child as to the Lord, do the job as to the Lord, work for the Father in heaven … not just for the employer. Work for Christ … not just for the company.

The Christian worker is to work heartily - as to the Lord and not to men. The word "heartily” means out of the soul. The Christian worker's labor is to arise out of their soul, from the innermost part of their being. Christians are not working for the men of this earth, but for the Lord. They are working for the deepest reason possible, for a reason that arises out of the very soul: the Lord Jesus Christ has told the Christian to work and to work diligently. The Lord Jesus is our Lord; therefore, the Christian worker does what the Lord says.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

3. The Motive of Whatsoever We Do: 1 Corinthians 10:31

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Living for the glory of God, are you living for the glory of God or for the worry of self? If it is for the glory of God: This has to do with how – and what we do to affect others for the glory of God. What will my life do for those who are watching? Will every word and action bring glory to God? Will my conduct bring others to Christ?

The believer is to do all for the glory of God. Are concern is not our own rights, but the glory of God. Whatever will glorify God the most is to be what the believer does. Eating, drinking, and socializing - all are to be done for the glory of God.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:8

Conclusion: Making Christ Lord Transforms Daily Duty to Divine Delight, if Christ Is Not Lord of All … He Is Not Lord at All! Are you willing to make Him Lord of your life?

Jesus Christ is the Master or should be the Master of whatsoever we do, and the Manner for caring this out is to do it whole heartily and the Motive for whatsoever we do is to do it for the glory of God!

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