When God is After You to Do Everything

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Do you ever feel like God is after you? Like when a person or circumstance that you've been avoiding won't go away, and you know it is God telling you, "Deal with it." Or when different people keep giving you the same unsolicited advice and you start to wonder, " . . . God? Is that you?"

Lately, God has been after me through just about every medium I encounter. He has been beating me over the head with a specific verse:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
Colossians 3:23

I can't get away from it. I'm under the impression that He wants me to do something with it. . . so here I go:

The Ten Steps Story of How God is After Me With Colossians 3:23

(1) First, I heard Do Everything by Steven Curtis Chapman on the radio a few weeks ago.

It is on nearly every time I touch the dial. It has gotten in my head.

(2) Next, I opened Jesus Calling on September 18th. There it was again.

(3) I thought, "Huh. Maybe this is something?" I underlined it in my Bible, thought about it for a while, then went on with my day.

(4) A few days later, I came across it in The Power of a Positive Momwhich I've been reading to get ready for Reap to Sow.

(5) I laughed, and considered how it just so happened that I read that part at that time. I considered the verse some more.

(6) God wasn't done. Last Thursday, I randomly picked one blog to read from The MOB Society's link up. It was Serving From Home, and the last paragraph of her post begins, "Our favourite verse right now is Colossians 3:23, 'Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men.'"

(7) Okay, then! I perked up, commented, and thanked her for being part of the chain that has been brining this verse to my attention.

(8) On Friday morning, September 23rd, I opened the kids' devotion book at the breakfast table, and wasn't even surprised when the verse for the day was: "Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord. Colossians 3:23 NLT"

(9) Wasn't even surprised.

(10) I get it, Lord. I get it. When I'm looking for their shoes and feeling frustrated about being late again, when I'm organizing office papers and the filing system needs tweaking, when I'm answering repetitive emails for a volunteer commitment gone wild, or when I'm cleaning up the toothpaste goop that is always left in the sink . . .

Do everything you do to the glory of the One
who made you
Cause he made you to do
Every little thing that you do to bring a smile to
His face
And tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do

Oooooh oooh oooooooh

Try singing it. It will make your day brighter, I promise :)

If you would like to hear more about the verses that inspired his song, watch this video and (just maybe) get ready to starting finding those scriptures everywhere.

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P.S. I have to add something. I wrote this post on Sunday, the 25th. On Monday I looked at the Inspired to Action Prayer Calendar for Mothers (stuck in my Bible) prayer for the 26th: "Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work hard at everything they do, 'as working for the Lord, not for men.' Col 3:23" Yep.

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7 Responses to “When God is After You to Do Everything”

  1. Shonda, I love how persistent our Lord is, He just doesn't give up on us. He gives it to us and then we always have confirmation, and then.....if we still are hmmmmmm about it he gives it to us again! I'm glad that you are listening, this particular verse is good for me too right now. I get so about the task, I need to remember really what it is all about.

  2. Haha :D It can be a bit eerie when He does that :D But actually, I'd like Him to do it more than He does because I'm so thick headed...

  3. Wow.  Don't you love the pursuit of the Father?  I'm curious what He has in store for your heart based on this verse.  There is excitement in the air!!

  4. It takes 4 or 5 times for me to "get it."  I sometimes wonder if God sighs over how long it takes to get my attention.  


  5. That is Hilarious. I am proud to be apart of the Verse Stalking :)  lol! A few years ago I was vs stalked by the Fruit of the Spirit and it was a Huge mile stone in my walk with Christ!

  6. Oh, me too - and then I think about how I get impatient with my kids when I have to ask them 2-3 times to do something. Perspective!

  7. Thanks, Melissa! See, you never know how God is going to be using you :)