“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…” Ecclesiastes 9:10
How do you define serving God? Are you like me, tempted to think that certain works, like teaching Bible studies and speaking to crowds, are more important than having someone in for dinner?
In the movie, Chariots of Fire, Eric Liddle’s sister, Jenny, felt her brother was putting too much emphasis on his running and not enough on mission work in China. A confrontation between Eric and his sister ensued. “Jenny, I know God made me for a purpose,” Eric said. “He made me for China. But He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.”
I think what Eric was saying is that all of life is sacred and whatever God gives us to do at the time, let’s do it whole-heartedly to the glory of God. It may be going to school, raising children, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, writing magazine articles, speaking to women’s groups, visiting those in a Care Home, inviting someone home for lunch …all of it, if done whole-heartedly, is a service to God. The Bible says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
Eric Liddle lived that way. After the Olympics in 1924, he went to China where he taught school and organized sporting events. During WWII he was placed in a Chinese prison camp where he continued to serve God whole-heartedly by helping the elderly, teaching Bible classes, arranging games and teaching the children science. He died in the camp on February 21, 1945 at the age of 43, just four months before liberation.
Father, whatever this day brings, I want to live it whole-heartedly for Your glory.
What has God given you to do today? How can you serve Him with all your heart?