Just Do Your Very Best‏

Shared August 24th, 2014


This Sunday, as we begin a new work-week (school week for some), I write to exhort and challenge you to simply, do your very best in “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

Now when the bible says “whatever,” as in our verse above, it doesn’t mean illegal or sinful activities. I think we all know that truth but hey, I have to mention that “whatever” doesn’t mean even if we are doing or engaging in the wrong activity.

Now, first of all by “whatsoever,” the reference is to what you find to do in the service of God. It also refers to the duties of what you are called to do in your daily life. So, in the vocation, profession, etc that you are engaged in, whatever opportunity and ability you have to make a difference, do it “with all your might.“

With all your “might”? “Might” as in “strength”? As in “energy”? Yes. Fact is, the phrase denotes intenseness of spirit, vigour of mind, activity and fervency. Moreover, it means whatever it is, do it cheerfully and diligently, and not in a negligent careless manner. So this week, whatever your hand finds to do, do it with unwearied diligence. Do it with vigour. Do it expeditiously. Do it with vim. Do it with industry. Yes, whatever it is that you are called to do this week (and next, and next, and next and …), do it with industrious precision and prosecution that will make you and God proud.

The 26th President of the US, Theodore Roosevelt, was a politician, author, naturalist, explorer, and historian. One day he said “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”

Interesting! But true too. You know, I never died before but I know that in the grave, there is no work, no device, no understanding, no knowledge, neither is there wisdom. What you can do, you should do today, now, in the here and now, as they say. In the grave when your body is cold, when your body is stiff, you cannot paint; you cannot invent; you cannot write; you cannot design; you cannot act neither can you play; you cannot teach; you cannot think, you cannot ponder, you cannot do anything, not even preach. Today is your only season.

Did I also say in the preceding paragraph, that in the grave, you cannot preach? Oh, yes I did! Does this mean that we all have to be gifted as preachers? No, not at all! What is really key, what is truly important is that God has given each of us different gifts and every single one of us is expected to use these God-given gifts to the best of our ability. And moreover, each Christian has been called to go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15). This week, preach to somebody and preach well to that somebody.

I’m sure we all know Martin Luther King, Jr., the preacher and social activist who was assassinated in the 1960s. One day Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or as Beethoven composed music, or as Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street-sweeper who did his job well.'” Beloved, it is my sincere hope and desire that whatever my hand finds to do, I do it with all my might. Equally, beloved, it is my prayer that Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Let us take that challenge and glorify God.

Proposed prayer: “Dear Lord, today, I ask You to give me the strength to do very well whatever my hand finds to do, and to do it with all my might. Holy Spirit, please enable me to overcome my weaknesses and teach me to wait on You and be diligent in all that I do this week. I am grateful for my God-given gifts, and so please I ask that You help me develop and use them to the best of my ability so that I can faithfully serve mankind and in so doing serve You diligently, all for Your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

Beloved, have a blessed and fruitful week.

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