There are many engaged in the business of expanding God’s kingdom. There a great many more who are waiting to engage in the business of expanding God’s kingdom. They tell themselves that they are waiting for just the right time or opportunity. They believe they need more education, more equipping, and more experience in life. They are waiting for their circumstances to change before they get to work serving their Lord.
But this is not for you!
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
Scripture tells us that whatever our hand finds to do, we should do it for the glory of God and the expansion of His kingdom.Make no mistake, nobody ever served God and expanded His kingdom by waiting for tomorrow. Today is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice, be glad in it, and busily engage in doing all we can to make Jesus Christ known, regardless of what our hand finds to do.
The years have taught me that one simple and good deed, done for the glory of God and the good of others, is worth more than a thousand thoughts about doing good. Waiting for tomorrow to do all the good we can simply will not justify doing nothing today. The past is gone, the future is promised to no one, and all we have is now. That is why it is called “the present,” because that is what it is! This day is a gift from God, a gift to be put into fruitful and faithful labor to expand the cause of Christ in this world.
The kingdom of God will not be expanded by the works we plan to do tomorrow. It will be expanded only by the works we put our hands to today. And don’t miss the part in Ecclesiastes that says “with all your might,” which means all your might in your Master. We do not work in our strength, but in the strength of the One who has called us to work. With omnipotence dwelling within us, we are not to put in a half-hearted effort for kingdom work. We are not to be doing “just enough,” when God calls us to do all we can. Who has ever been truly satisfied with receiving a full day’s wage and giving only a half-day’s effort? No committed Christian ever was, to be sure.
The word “whatever” in Ecclesiastes 9:10 is also instructive. Whatever is done for the glory of God is a good work. Whatever you are currently doing right now is a good work when you are working for God. If your hand is in the boardroom, do it with all your might for your Master. If your hand is in the family room, do it with all your might for your Master. If your hand is in the school room, do it with all your might for your Master. If your hand is in the locker room, do it with all your might for your Master. And when you have done all you can, with all your might, wait upon the Lord for the harvest of whatever your hands have found to do.
So what are you waiting for?
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!