Colossians 3:23 - ALIVE in CHRIST!

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

Colossians 3:23 (AMP) Whatever may be your 
task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as 
[something done] for the Lord and not for men,  


   Both dogs and cats have taught me lessons 
about faith. 
   A dog loves unconditionally, accepting 
discipline and holding no resentment. A dog follows its 
master and likes to be right at his or her feet. 
Our dog Shabah was always where we were. When we 
went upstairs to bed, he planted himself right in 
our doorway. In the morning, he sat on my feet 
or Rick's while we did our devotions together. 
He was easily trained because he wanted to 
please us. If he needed something, he let us know 
through his manner and his "puppy dog look": "I have 
to go out." "Please  please  please throw 
the tennis ball." "Give me a scratch." We always 
responded. Shabah died, but now Sarge is much the 
   I had numerous cats when I was a child, 
and cats are lovely but independent. They don't 
need to be with the "master" at all times. In 
fact, cats seem to think they are the masters of 
their own realms. "Here, kitty, kitty," doesn't 
always bring them running. Sometimes cats will look 
at you with that "what do you want?" 
expression, and sometimes they'll find a nice quiet 
place and just plain ignore you. On the plus side, 
petting them is said to reduce stress. Who can 
resist that nimbly purring sound they make when 
they're being stroked? But affection has to be on 
their own terms. They'll come when they're called 
as long as you're offering food or milk. If 
there isn't something in it for them, they'll come 
when they please. 
   Don't get me wrong; I love both dogs and 
cats. But in matters of faith, I don't want to be 
like a cat, thinking I can call the shots and do 
my own thing. I want to be like a dog. I want 
to be at my Master's feet. I want to serve Him 
the way the apostle Peter describes: "willingly, 
not grudgingly - not for what [I] will get out 
of it, but because [I am] eager to serve God." 
When I hear God's quiet voice, I want to come 
running, grinning from ear to ear, ready to do 
whatever He asks. 
   Lord God, I want to be wholehearted in my 
devotion to You, loving You fully and unconditionally 
because You are my God and You care for me. Teach me 
to be loyal, to remain close to You, and to be 
eager to do Your will. May I serve You with my 
whole heart, not out of duty but out of pure love 
for who You are. [Earth Psalms by Francine 
Rivers re 1 Peter 5:2] 


Doing vs. Being
   My high school graduating class had its 
thirtieth anniversary reunion a number of summers ago. 
I'm sure they had a ball. A blast would better 
describe it, knowing that crowd. You gotta understand 
the east side of Houston back in the 1950s to 
have some idea of that explosive student body  
a couple of thousand strong and a lot of 'em 
mean as a junkyard dog with a nail in his paw. 
   Since I wasn't able to attend the 
reunion, I decided to blow the dust off my yearbook 
and stroll down nostalgia lane. Faces aroused 
smiles and stories as one memory after another 
washed over me. Funny, I remembered a project we 
seniors were given before the yearbook went to press 
back in '52. We were asked to think about the 
next twenty years and answer, "What do I want to 
do?" The plan was to record our dreams and goals 
in the yearbook, then evaluate them when we met 
again at each subsequent reunion  you know, 
sort of a decade-by-decade checkup. Some of the 
goals are not fitting to repeat, but some are both 
interesting and revealing. 
   Several said: "Make a million bucks."
      	"Win all-American honors and play 
professional football." 
      	"Be the concertmaster of a 
symphony orchestra." 
      	"Finish medical school and have a 
practice in Honolulu." 
      	"Become the world heavyweight 
boxing champion." 
      	"Make a living writing short 
stories, plays, and novels." 
      	"Travel abroad as a news 
      	"Live fast, die young, and leave a 
good-looking corpse." 
   All sorts of goals. Some admirable, some 
questionable, some crazy, a few stupid. 
   Without wanting to sound needlessly 
critical, as I look back over three decades, I think 
we were asked to answer the wrong question. 
What we want to do is not nearly as important as 
what we want to be. And the longer I live the 
more significant that becomes. It's possible to 
do lots of things yet be zilch as a person. 
   Doing is usually connected with a 
vocation or career, how we make a living. Being is 
much deeper. It relates to character, who we are, 
and how we make a life. Doing is tied in closely 
with activity, accomplishments, and tangible 
things - like salary, prestige, involvements, 
roles, and trophies. Being, on the other hand, has 
more to do with intangibles, the kind of people 
we become down inside, much of which can't be 
measured by objective yardsticks and impressive 
awards. But of the two, being will ultimately 
outdistance doing every time. It may take half a 
lifetime to perfect  but hands down, it's far more 
valuable. And lasting. And inspiring. 
   Remember those familiar words from 
Colossians 3? Twice we read, "Whatever you do  
whatever you do  " (Colossians 3:17, 23). It's 
almost as if the Lord is saying, "Makes no 
difference what it is, whatever you do  " But then 
He immediately addresses things that have to do 
with being. Like being thankful, being 
considerate, being obedient, being sincere, being 
diligent. Same pattern - God emphasizes being more 
than doing. 
   So then, are you giving thought these 
days to things that count? I hope so. 
Goal-setting and achieving are important, especially if 
we are in need of being motivated. Moving in 
the right direction is a great way to break the 
mold of mediocrity. It's helpful to ask, "What do 
I want to do?" 
   But while you're at it, take a deeper 
look inside. Ask yourself the harder question, 
"What do I want to be?" Then listen to your heart 
 your inner spirit. True treasures will 
emerge. Pick one or two to start with. Don't tell 
anybody, just concentrate some time and attention on 
that particular target. Watch God work. It will 
amaze you how He arranges circumstances so that 
the very target you and He decided on will begin 
to take shape within you. Sometimes it will be 
painful; other times, sheer joy. It won't happen 
overnight, but that's a major difference between doing 
and being. One may take only twenty years; the 
other, the better part of your lifetime. 
   One can be recorded in a yearbook and is 
easily forgotten; but the other requires a 
lifebook, which is on display forever. [Chuck Swindoll 


   Many people dread their work.  If 
youre one of them, try changing your attitude 
toward your work! Gods eyes fall on the work of 
our hands. One stay-at-home-mom keeps this sign 
over her sink:  Divine tasks performed here, 
daily.  Indeed, work can be worship. 
   Peter wrote, You are a chosen people.  
You are a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, 
Gods very own possession.  This is so you can 
show others the goodness of God. (1 Peter 
2:9). So, let every detail in your life - your 
words, actions, whatever - be done in the name of 
the Master, Jesus. (Colossians 3:17). You 
dont drive to an office, you drive to a 
sanctuary. You dont attend a school, you attend a 
temple.  You may not wear a clerical collar, but you 
could, because your work is Gods pulpit! [Max 
Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 




1st of 28: Divine Dining: 
2nd of 28: Pictures of the Divine: 
3rd of 28: A Dirty Bible: 
4th of 28: Cared For: 
5th of 28: Saved: 
6th of 28: You Can Change: 
7th of 28: Reprogramming Our Brains: 
8th of 28 Our Holy Father: 
9th of 28 Gifts of Service: 
10th of 28 The Holy Spirit: 
Live ongoing series in progress.


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred