Serving God With All Our Might
Pastor Les Walthers
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Eccl 9:10 In the light of the certainty of death, Solomon exhorts us to seize present opportunities before it is eternally too late. The matter of actually doing the work which God has for us to do is very practical, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it." In other words, what is the work which is "at hand."
Perhaps many Christians dream of doing a work for God in some foreign land; and as a result they fail to do the work that God has for them in their present location and in their unique set of circumstances. No doubt there are Christians who have thoughts of serving God in some adventurous capacity, who are not willing to walk across the street to witness to a neighbor or a friend at school. We ought not to imagine that we would serve God in some foreign land, if we are unwilling to serve God where He has already placed us. To state it differently, why stretch out the hand to those whom we cannot reach, and refuse to help those who are near at hand.
Not only are there those who have a desire to serve God in some geographical area where most likely they will never be; there are those who prefer to serve God in some capacity other than the one they presently have. They think that they would like to be a preacher or Sunday School teacher or some other kind of full time Christian worker. Such folks have a tendency to excuse themselves from present duties that are at hand, because they have in mind serving God in some other capacity. It just could be that the road to becoming a pastor might very well begin by being willing to faithfully serve God in those seemingly small and insignificant duties. Christ said, "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much."
Just as with other responsibilities, when it comes to doing the work of God, it is all too easy to procrastinate. There are two little words which deal with that tendency. They are the words, "do it." "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it" We all would do well to post three words where they can be readily seen, "Now or when?" Today might possibly be the last opportunity that we have to serve God.
Finally, we are to serve God with "all our might." True zeal perseveres. It causes one to be constant and consistent even in the face of adversity. True zeal is characterized by diligence and a sense of urgency. If all who name the name of Christ served God with all their might, it would make a real impact in their churches and in our community.