Do you feel like what you do matters? Really matters?
Perhaps there are certain areas where you feel important – fleeting moments of significance.
Let me tell you this. There is a war going on behind the scenes, and Satan would love to make you believe that your actions are meaningless.
There are two ingredients to being productive:
- There is limited time.
- What you do matters.
If you really buy in to both of those, you can’t help but have the desire to be productive.
If you see your to-do list as tedious and meaningless, then you will only get anything done through exhausting discipline and willpower. Life will be a futile exercise.
But if you love God and you love others – and you see your to-do list as changing the world for the better – then you will leap out of bed in the morning to get started.
On Your Account
Paul knew that his actions mattered.
22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
Paul was prepared to delay the pleasures of heaven in order to work on earth. Not only did he understand the power of his actions, but he loved his fellow Christians enough to desire to serve them.
Scripture talks about how we were “created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10) for you are to “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
What you do matters.
Perhaps your actions are serving others. Maybe they’re developing your character. Maybe you are bringing glory to God.
Your actions matter. They always matter.
You may not feel like your actions matter. But who ever said your feelings reveal absolute truth to you?
I’m doing a little reading on the Trinity now, and I was struck by how scripture is needed for us to fully understand God.
There’s nothing in creation which shows the existence of a Trinity. There’s nothing within my humanity that reveals the existence of a Trinity.
There’s only one reason I know there’s a Trinity: that’s what God has revealed in scripture.
I don’t base truth on my feelings or my observations. I have to base it on what God has said.
Not What I See
It’s the same for our actions.
I may not feel like the smallest actions of my day matter. I certainly don’t see the effects of much of what I do.
It’s easy to be won over by my eyes and my limited understanding.
But I must remind myself that God says what I do matters. Regardless of how I feel.
I have the potential to change lives, to serve my fellow man, to preach Christ, to raise a family, to worship, to love, and to glorify God.
What I do matters.
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