Whatever You Do

Posted on 12/07/2014 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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JOYFUL JOYFUL

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow'rs before Thee,
Op'ning to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heav'n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow'ry meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!

Thou our Father, Christ our Brother,
All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o'er us,
Brother love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward
In the triumph song of life.


SALVATION BELONGS TO OUR GOD

Salvation belongs to our God
Who sits upon the throne
And unto the lamb
Be praise and glory
Wisdom and thanks
Honor and power and strength

Be to our God
Forever and ever
Be to our God
Forever and ever
Be to our God
Forever and ever, amen

And we the redeemed shall be strong
In purpose, and unity
Declaring aloud
Praise and glory
Wisdom and thanks
Honor and power and strength


HOLY HOLY HOLY

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.


I LOVE YOU LORD

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear


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Today, I'd like for us to take a look at a couple of verses from the Scriptures, and talk just a little about what they say.

You're probably familiar with both of them.

The first one is in Colossians 3 and verse 23, which says this:

"And whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as unto the Lord, not unto men;" (Colossians 3:23 KMV)

Another version puts it like this:

"And whatever you do, do it with full presence, as unto God, not unto men;" (Colossians 3:23 TLS)

That word in the King James Version is "heartily," to do all things "heartily."

And the word from which that's translated means, breath, spirit, the sentient principle, Life.

And so it can also be translated, "do it with full presence." Or, "be fully present with it."

Not as unto men, but as unto God.

When you're at work, you tend to look a little more busy and do a little better when your boss is looking, don't you? I know I always did in the past.

And if you weren't going to get paid but still had to go to work, would you still do the best job you could?

If not, and if we were being brutally honest, most of us would have to say we wouldn't try nearly as hard, then that means we are doing our work as unto men, and not as unto God.

And this isn't a slap in our face. Rather, this is a call to a Life of Joy.

More on that in just a minute.


Next, in 1 Corinthians chapter 10 and verse 31, we read this:

"Therefore, whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do everything as an act of worship to God." (1 Corinthians 10:31 TLS)

"Okay," we might think, "Next time I DO something, I'll try to do it better and pretend I'm doing it for God."

That's a great sentiment. And certainly you should have that determination. But it's still missing the full meaning here.

This says, whether you eat, or whether you drink, or hey -- WHATEVER you do, do EVERYTHING as an act of worship.

Eating? Yes.

Drinking? Yes.

Working? Yes.

Walking? Yes.

Driving? Yes.

Shopping? Yes.

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Breathing?

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Yes.

WHATEVER you do.

When you move your hand to brush it against your face, you are fully present, doing it with your whole spirit, your whole life, your whole being.

And, because doing something in this way ensures you will do it with great excellence, it becomes an act of worship.


Now, this is something that requires you wake up.

And at the same time, when you're already doing something and you remember to be fully present with it, that in itself is an awakening.

You see, we tend to go through life asleep.

We are almost always lost in memories of the past and thoughts about what we think will happen in the future.

But these are both fantasies.

The past is just a memory in your head.

It's not actually happening now, and nothing has ever happened in the past.

When something happens, it always happens now.

And the future is just a fantasy as well.

And nothing will ever happen in the future.

When anything happens that you thought would happen in the future, it always happens now.

But when that thing does end up happening now, we are generally still lost in the imaginary past and future, and don't even see what happens for what it really is.


We are asleep.

Lost in a fantasy that we THINK is our life.

And because of this perpetual slumber, we are almost never fully present with what we do, and we almost never do it as an act of conscious worship.

Instead, we do it as unto men.

Or for the purpose of an earthly reward.

And that reward is almost always in the future.

Or we do it as a reaction to something in the past.

And not only that, but we also tend to be fighting the whole while.


The Bible tells us to give thanks, to be thankfull, both in all things and for all things.

But watch your inner state as you go about your day.

How often are you fighting the Now because you want it to be quitting time?

How often are you fighting the fact that you're doing what you're doing, because you want it to be done so you can do or not do something else?

How often are you fighting the traffic, even though you can't do anything about it?

Or the long line at the store?

Or a political party?

Or your mental image of someone who you think gave you a nasty look?


If you start watching what the mind does throughout your day, you just might start to see how troubled it is.

And how bitter.

And how sour.

That's just how the mind is.

Don't label it or judge it, just notice it.

And bring your attention back to the Present Moment.

And into your body.


Are you talking with someone?

Feel the vibration of your voice in your chest and throat and mouth.

Feel from within the sound of their voice.


Are you sitting?

Feel the life in your body.

Don't THINK about it; FEEL it.

Can't feel it? Start with your hands.

Put your attention on your hands.

Can you feel something?

Maybe a warmth? Or a tingling?

There is an aliveness there.

Feel it.

Just be there with it.


I know, I know, what does this have to do with the Bible?

Well, nothing.

There are verses in the Bible that point us necessarily in this direction.

But they don't point us here so we can talk about the Bible.

Instead, they point us here so we can learn how to Live Life in the Presence of God.

And they point us here so we can stop making ourselves suffer with what we do, and so instead, we can learn Peace and Joy as The Way.

The Way we Live.

The Way we Worship.

The Way we Love.

The Way we Commune with God.


So how do you know when you're fully present with what you're doing?

Here's how:

When you are fully present and are smiling at the Now instead of fighting it,

you will feel an aliveness in every moment, in every motion, in every sound.

And you may also notice that, if your mind starts its never-ending commentary about it, some of the aliveness diminishes.

When that happens, just notice it, let it be, and bring your awareness back into the movements and the way those movements feel.

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You can also become highly alert to the sounds all around you.

Not labeling them, but just hearing them.

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And you know what?

You'll stop doing things as unto carnal man.

You will stop doing things simply for some earthly reward.

You will stop doing what you do as an act of complaint.

And you will start doing what you do, instead, as an act of worship.

Fully present with what you are doing, as you use God's Temple to do it, and as you feel the Breath of God, the Life of God, animating the Temple to do that one thing as an act of Love, Joy, and Life with God.

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Well, I know this has been short today, but that's enough to completely transform your whole life if you just adjust your perspective and live by it.

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