“Lord I Believe”
by Pastor Allen Werk
July 15, 2017
St. Paul Lutheran Church and School
Batavia, New York
Did you know there are consultants that help companies improve their efficiency? My son does something like that. He has tried to explain to me how he does that. I guess I could roughly summarize it this way. They help companies put together their product with the least amount of wasted material, wasted energy, wasted time, and wasted movement. It makes sense. Being more efficient lets you get your product out faster and cheaper.
I’m afraid that my life isn’t nearly that efficient. There is a lot of wasted energy, time, and movement in my life. I find myself doing a lot of things that don’t ultimately matter a whole lot. I get wrapped up in incidentals instead of devoting myself to those things that will make a lasting impact.
Unfortunately that affects my walk with Jesus too. I get so busy doing stuff for me, living my life, that I don’t have much energy or time left to spend on the important work He had planned for me.
I don’t need a consultant to fix this. I just need to pay attention to and put into practice what Jesus tells me in the Bible.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV)
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
How many ways does God need to tell me this? In my words and deeds, eating and drinking, any work I put my hand to I should be doing it all for Jesus and His glory. When I live like this, my life has meaning. When I live for Jesus, I have the chance to change the world with each person I come in contact with. When every moment of my life is devoted to loving Jesus and pointing the people around me to Him, there will be no wasted moments, no worthless activity. Every moment of my life will bring glory to my Savior. Every word and action will share the life giving love of Jesus with whoever is around me. And every one of those lives is bound to be blessed as Jesus steps near to them.
I don’t just want to live an efficient life. I want to live a life filled with the indescribable joy of serving Jesus and bringing His grace to everyone I meet. It is time to stop wasting time on me and start making sure every moment I have to live gives glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus.