AS UNTO THE LORD!
There is only one way to really continue to be ALL IN, and that is if we have settled it in our hearts and minds that everything we do, say and think is going to be UNTO HIM!! This is not just something I thought up, it is in the Word, and it reiterates the beautiful message the Lord wants us to get on the inside of us and concentrate on this year:
Colossians 3:17 NKJV
Imagine what impact the Church could have if we all thought about this before we spoke or acted in any way. We should avoid allowing bad attitudes in our hearts and minds. That means we should be aware of what we are saying and doing, and how we allow what others say and do to affect us in our lives. Bad seed is always a challenge for us to overcome. We all have had experiences where others have said something negative directly to us or against us. These are hard things to know what to do with, but we are to guard our own hearts and make sure that no matter how others act toward us, we still choose to live our lives in such a way that we please God. We must make life choices for ourselves. If someone has something negative to say against others, we should turn it to the positive to help them as well as guard our own heart from allowing their opinions to affect how we feel about others.We CAN and should have a good spirit because we are to be driven by the Holy Spirit, Himself, living within us. We may face working for a challenging boss, or doing an unpleasant job around the house for your spouse or family or for the Church. It may include, but it is not limited to, changing dirty diapers, cleaning toilets or engaging in things that would not be what we would normally choose to do, so it stretches us. This is how our character grows and we can practice doing it ALL unto the Lord. If all we do every day is what we want to, feel like, or like to do, we will never grow beyond ourselves. But doing it all unto the Lord molds us so we can be ALL IN.Our spirit and attitude, then, can and should always be pleasant and engaging, kind and gracious. Approach the difficult tasks in this life with the perspective that we are working as unto the Lord, knowing that He does see all that we do and knowing that a joyful countenance is reflective of the divine nature.Would what you say glorify God? Would what you do make other people aware of how you feel about Jesus? Every minute or every day? Wow! That is a tall order. And let’s be honest, I don’t know anyone who could say that is true all the time—including me. But that is no excuse for us. It is a call to us to be aware of our environment and our influence, and make proper choices.During this fast, we should go on a “negativity fast” and put guards around our mouths and our thoughts. Do not say anything that we could agree that it is not God’s best. They say that if you do something consistently for 21 days it becomes a habit. Let this be our habit to lift Him high in every area that we can.
Colossians 3:15 NKJV
There is that grateful heart thing again. It makes all the difference! And we must take it another step as well. In the next verse it says:
Colossians 3:16 NKJV
ALL IN for HIM!