“Little Words” That Mean a Lot


“But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.” 1 Corinthians 15:10 (NLT)

As God’s people, one of the privileges we have is to serve Him and make Him known in our generation. Our labor is a labor of love and here are a few “little words” that can help bring understanding to the serving we do…

What we do is for the Lord…this helps us understand our mission. All we do, we do in obedience to His will and calling upon our lives, and not because of our ambition or personal agenda.

What we do is unto the Lord… this helps us understand our motivation. All we do is to please Him and bring Him glory, instead of seeking to please others.

What we do is with the Lord… this helps us understand our assignment. All we do is as co-laborers with the Lord, and not as independent servants.

What we do is because of the Lord… this helps us understand our stewardship. All we do is in His vineyard. It is His work and His ministry, not our ministry or our work.

What we do is in the Lord… this helps us understand our position. We serve from a place of rest and grace, and not from a place of striving or placing confidence in the flesh.

What we do is by the Lord… this helps us understand our source. All we have comes from Him, and without Him we would be empty vessels with nothing to give.

What we do is through the Lord… this helps us understand our effectiveness. We serve with the strength and the power which He supplies, understanding that it is not by human might or power, but by the Lord’s Spirit, that He does His work.

By Roy Lessin
Used by Permission

Further Reading

•  Your Life is the Only Bible Some People Read
•  Encouraging Words – a story of how God used random people to encourage me during a hurtful week.
•  Salvation Explained

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