Hearty Deeds

March 16, 2024 Devotional by Rose-Marie Slosek

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

We serve and aim to please an audience of One: the Lord God. There are so many things that will try to inhibit our forward motion and dull the tip of our spear. Let us have our hearts set on God with a single vision to obey and please Him. There are so many opinions, some ill-advised, some well-meaning, that would keep us, by their pressure, from heartilygiving what we have to the Lord. Only Jesus gave the perfect offering. Yet, we can offer God all that we are, full of imperfections, for Him to use as He sees fit. 

God can better course correct a moving object than a stalled one. Vacillating will not help us make wiser decisions. Mistakes will happen. Yet, let us be hearty in all that we do, having confidence that God will correct our course if we walk astray. Don’t bring something, including yourself, to the altar halfheartedly. At best, a half-hearted deed is a mixture, and you cannot expect to be more than half acceptable if you offer something without wholeheartedness. Don’t hedge your bets when it comes to the things of God. Be all in or all out. If God says yes, it is absolutely yes, and if He says, no, it is completely no. Be the same way. If not, you will go only partway up any number of paths without committing yourself to any of them. That is no way to live.

Seek God. Seek the counsel of wise people who are committed to your well-being, but do not get entangled in mental reasonings or polling a wide audience for their opinions: it will only lead to confusion and grief. Put all your eggs in God’s basket. If you do, and they get smashed, they are now God’s eggs to be smashed! 

Spend adequate time waiting on God, but when it is time to get up and commit to a course of action, do so 100 percent. God can easily tell you to turn back, and if He does, then turn back 100 percent. Most of the pressure we put on ourselves is unnecessary. Because we are the Lord’s, He is the One that is in charge of where He will take us and what He will lead us into. God is good. Trust Him wholeheartedly. Let your deeds and choices be hearty ones. 

Maranatha.

Rose-Marie Slosek came to know the Lord in the early nineteen seventies and has a passion for organic church and the maturing of the Body of Christ. She loves to connect people and build healthy community in small groups. She travels widely and assists several mission teams. Rose-Marie also serves Women of the Word on their Board of Directors. She can be reached at email 
rmslosek@comcast.net

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Betsy Roy

Director and President of Women of the Word. Professional Background - Registered Nurse Married to Jim for over 30 years. 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren.