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My Heart Is On Fire by Doug Apple - a short Christian devotional to open the Scriptures and make your heart burn within you!
What Do You Do Best?
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I’m Doug Apple...and my heart is on fire. (Luke 24:32) What do you do best? Do it for God. Those things you are good at, even if they don’t seem to be “churchy,” offer them up to God as an offering. “Lord, I offer this up to You. I love You so much, and I’m so grateful for everything.” I’m not talking about anything sinful, of course, but I am talking about the host of things that people are good at besides preaching or teaching or singing or whatever else is on the short list of obvious Christian ministries. What if you are good at computer coding? What if you’re good at auto mechanics? What if you’re good at sewing? What are you good at? Do it for God. First Corinthians 10:31 says whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. Colossians 3:17 says whatever you do, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father. Colossians 3:23 says whatever we do, we should do it with all of our heart, and do it for the Lord. Romans 12:11 says never be lazy, never be lacking in zeal, work hard, keep your spiritual fervor, and serve the Lord enthusiastically. So what do you do best? Do it for God. Are you gifted in certain ways? You’re better at some things than others, right? Where did those aptitudes come from? James 1:17 says that every good and perfect gift comes from our Father in heaven. If you have a good gift, God gave it to you, and the best thing to do is to offer it back to Him as an offering, as a sacrifice of praise, using it for His glory, growing it for His glory, blessing other people with it, for His glory. That seems obvious with the more churchy gifts, but it’s less obvious with the rest. When my kids were in a Christian elementary school, the parents all pitched in, and one job I took was cleaning the bathrooms every Tuesday and Thursday night. I figured it was a disgusting job (it was) and that one gift God had given me was that I don’t mind doing disgusting jobs. So I did it, I did it well, and I offered it up to God as an offering. I prayed for the kids and the school while I cleaned. And I especially remember one night when God’s presence just overwhelmed me. I was cleaning a toilet, and tears of joy rolled down my face. I felt so full in my soul. God did it, and I think He did it because I was offering my best to Him, even in a humble, non-church situation. What do you do best? Do it for God. Offer it up to Him as a sacrifice of praise. Busy with small children, changing diapers, cleaning up messes, doing laundry? Do your best. Do it as unto the Lord. Do it for Him and watch Him fill your soul. If you don’t know what you do best, ask around. Ask your family, your friends, anyone who knows you, and soon enough you’ll get the picture. Then take that and grow it, work it, expand it, make it great, and all the while offer it up to Him, back to Him, with thanksgiving and praise. So I’ll leave you with this question to ponder, one more time. What do you do best? Then do it…for God. May God bless you today. I’m Doug Apple.