Col 3:17 - 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.
Col 3:23 - And whatever you do,
do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing
that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the
inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
I Cor 10:31 - Therefore, whether
you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the
glory of God.
You think Paul might be trying to tell us something?
Whatever you do, do for Jesus.
There are many things you’re gonna do in life,
why not do them for the Lord instead of for yourself?
1) You’re gonna spend your money on something.
You can spend it on yourself and get very brief satisfaction
from material goods that usually start off as a distraction
to spiritual things, and almost always becomes unused
Or you could spend it for God and be a blessing to others,
help spread the gospel, and store up treasures for yourself
in heaven that will never fade
2) You’re gonna spend your time & effort
When before God at Judgment Day, and called to give
an account of your life and what you did with the time
& resources afforded you, do you want your answer
to be that you…
Became the best bowler in your league? Got promoted
to manager at your job? Had the best-looking house &
yard in the neighborhood?
Those things aren’t bad necessarily, but they
aren’t the answer you want to give as to what
you spent the bulk of your time & attention on.
How about rather be able to respond that you were diligent
to feed the hungry, visit the sick, and spread the gospel?
Another thing that is gonna happen..
3) You’re gonna be wronged by others
Will it be because you were inconsiderate to others
because you were only concerned with what you want?
Or will it be because you love Christ and the world
hates you for it?
Luke 6:22 Blessed are you when
men hate you,
And when they exclude you,
And revile you, and cast out your name as evil,
For the Son of Man’s sake.
23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!
For indeed your reward is great in heaven,
For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
4) You’re gonna live and you’re gonna die
Most people in the world hope to live a life of pleasure
and die peacefully.
Is that how Christ lived & died? How about his apostles?
How about the majority of 1st Century Christians?
Ask yourself honestly, what you prefer? Indulge self
or deny self? Chasing pleasure or overcoming persecution
for your faith? Die seeking self or die for Christ?
Those who live by sight want pleasure & comfort.
What about those who live by faith?
Heb 11:24 - By faith Moses, when
he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s
daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with
the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures
of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater
riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to
What is this reward based upon? From start to finish,
the NT answers that:
Matthew 16:27 - For the Son of
Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels,
and then He will reward each according to his works.
Rev 22:12 - And behold, I am coming quickly, and My
reward is with Me, to give to every one according to
Since it will be according to your works, what do you
want “your works” to include? A long list
of pleasure-seeking and comfort-seeking actions, or
of devotion to the one who gives the rewards?
You can only live once, and die once. You won’t
be able to go back and change it later, so you must
decide now. Will you live for yourself or for Christ?
Luke 9:24 - For whoever desires
to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his
life for My sake will save it.
What is the common thread in all these examples?
-What you do for yourself, amounts to nothing and is
-What you do for God, will be greatly rewarded for eternity
If you need to make a change in your life according
to God’s Word, please come forward now to make
your need known, while we stand and sing the invitation