Playing for God

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

I used to play the alto saxophone in my high school band; I was a huge “band geek,” as kids call them. I put my whole soul and spirit into playing my instrument, especially at competitions. I practiced countless hours until I was able to play the music perfectly.

However, there were days that I didn’t feel like playing my saxophone. I had other things on my mind. On those occasions, I played only halfheartedly. But because my band director had spent so many hours with me practicing and preparing my music for performance, he always could tell when I wasn’t putting my whole heart into it.

God is the Director of our lives. He is always with us, preparing us for the service He has called us to. Through His Word, He molds us into who He wants us to be. He directs us through every day of our lives. He knows when we are not doing things with all of our hearts.

One day as I meditated on Colossians 3:23-24, the Lord showed me that there were a lot of things in my life that I wasn’t doing with all of my heart. I wasn’t serving Him as I was called to. It was a great reminder that whatever I do, I need to do it as if I am doing it for the Lord, even if it is something as trivial as playing my instrument. 

Lord, help me to serve you with all of my heart and in everything I do. Amen.