I don’t have an Instagram account. I’m not on Pinterest. I am on Twitter, but will readily admit I’m a half-hearted tweeter. I’m OK with being a half-hearted tweeter and not being involved in the other things. I primarily communicate through Facebook. I don’t have time to keep up with all the rest.
We are always making choices about what’s important and where we invest our time and money. Some people are involved with civic organizations and invest their entire lives to them. Steve Jobs invested himself into Apple. People put their whole heart into sports teams, theater, their work… you name it and there is someone somewhere investing themselves whole-heartedly into it. Pastors can invest all their time into the church they’re pastoring and neglect their family and mistakenly believe that they are being whole-hearted for Jesus. Even when it comes to Jesus, we can get confused about what loving and living for Him means.
A friend of ours, Ray Redman, lost his battle with cancer today. When I think about Ray, I think about a guy who invested his heart and life in Jesus. Ray was and is one of those people who stand as a reminder to men that being whole-hearted about Jesus means loving your wife like Christ loved the church. It means spending time teaching your grandkids the importance of hard work, selflessness, and community service. I sometimes write and act as if being radical for Jesus is usually glamourous, dangerous, and/or entails third world countries. Ray Redman is a reminder to me and to those who knew him that loving the Lord with all your heart means blooming where you’re planted and glorifying Jesus in the everyday – and in our society today, that’s pretty radical.
Ray’s life is a reminder to me that God wants us is to honor Him in all we do – pouring our whole selves into our everyday life for the glory of Jesus. If that means planting beans, clearing snow off of walks, or whatever else today holds for you, do it with the mindset that you’re doing it for Jesus. When you do, you who knew Ray will be honoring his memory knowing you will one day hear the words that I’m sure he’s hearing today: “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31