Colossians 3:22-23 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.
Anyone that made a difference in this world had to give their best. We would agree that people are motivated by a cause and the worth of that cause is the determining factor if they will give their best. Have you ever stopped and considered this question: what motivates people to give their best? I am sure there are a lot of answers we could come up with but typically the answer can be narrowed down to two areas.
1. Fear of loss
2. Hope of gain
A young man will go the great extremes to please a young lady he is interested in hopes of gaining her approval. Many employees are motivated to give their best at their jobs because they fear they may lose their position. Maybe we as Christians fear giving our best for God because we have believed the lie that we will lose a life of significance and fulfillment, when in reality we could have the hope of gaining that by giving our best for God.
All throughout the Bible we can find examples of people that gave their best for the Lord and because of it the Lord used them greatly. Abraham gave his best by yielding his most valuable resource to God, Isaac, his only son. Joseph gave his best even in servanthood to an unsaved authority by diligently supervising the resources delegated to him. Daniel gave his best by maintaining a spirit of excellence amidst very unfavorable circumstances. Paul gave his best by willingly offering his life and time to those who would give him nothing in return.
May we be encouraged and challenge to give our best for God not only because that is what He deserves and requires, but because there is also a benefit in doing so.
We can have hope of great gains and blessings from the One we serve.
We only have one life to live; we cannot miss the opportunity to give our best.