"as IF you were working for the Lord..."

Published by Miles Vincent Grimes under on 8:12 PM
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
I just got back Monday from a wonderful weekend trip to Ensenada, Mexico with my youth group. It was such a blessing and so rewarding to be a part of God's work in another country. There were three teams: 2 Vacation Bible School teams and a Building Team. I had the opportunity to serve on the building team which was both fun and tough. Prior to this trip, I was reflecting on a passage from 1 Corinthians 10:31 that says "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." In the past, I have always heard commentators, speakers, peers, and adults describe this verse the following way:

What if God was standing right there? Would you want to show him your work? Do you think it would be acceptable in His eyes? You must do all things as if you are doing them to the Lord. You must do your homework as if you are doing your homework for the Lord. You must play the piano as if you are playing for the Lord, etc.

Hmmm...so if I am to be doing EVERYTHING as if, I am doing it for the Lord, what in the world does that look like?!!? Why doesn't anyone give examples...it's all generic with no meaning except to give empty direction. details, details, details.

This is the question that I asked God that morning on Sunday before our team drove to the half completed 16x20 foot house.

Well, very shortly after this question had been raised in my mind and minutes before our departure, I approached one of the leaders, Phil Demartimprey, about the subject. It is quite amazing how quickly the Lord answers prayer. He recently had been praying about the exact same issue! Coincidence? nah...just Christ at work. We talked about it during the remaining time we had left before we drove off, and I came to a conclusion after our discussion.

There is no question if whom we are serving is the Lord. We ARE serving Christ! He even tells us that whatever we do for the least of these (homeless, prostitutes, gamblers, murderers) we do for Him, for Christ. That day I worked as hard as I possibly could, with everything I had left in me because the realization struck me that I was not building this house for man...I was building the house for Christ. It is Christ's house and I don't want to put forth a half-hearted effort into something that I would be handing over to Him. Our work is not supposed to be done AS IF we are doing it for Christ...the fact is, WE ARE doing it for Christ. It gave me such satisfaction as I have never had before to KNOW that my effort for Christ was not in vain, and although it might have been hard and draining... it didn't matter I was building a stinkin' house for CHRIST!! How rad is that!

Now the question might be raised, "Well, do we sin to the best of our ability because we are doing it for Christ? After all, we are supposed to do 'all things' as if for the Lord." Well, the Bible clearly outlines what should and should not be done in regards to sin. Just look it up in Paul's letters! (If you would really like some references, just ask)

Consider 1 Corinthians 10:13 again. Really examine the words Paul uses.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

"So whether you EAT or DRINK..."

Always bring the Lord Jesus Christ the glory and the honor!

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Published by Miles Vincent Grimes under on 10:02 AM
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up...

I would ask that as you read my posts, please examine what I say and not take what I have to share at face value. Should you come across a doctrinal issue or an error in objective interpretation that I have made in my studies, please, as a part of the body of Christ, admonish me. I want to present God's Word accurately, not how I perceive it, but how He meant it to be perceived for the glory of Himself and the joy of all peoples.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And WHATEVER you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:15-17

share my thoughts

Published by Miles Vincent Grimes under on 10:05 PM
Hmm...I'm not to sure about this whole "blogging" thing, but I think I'll give it a try. =)
For starters, my name is Miles Vincent Grimes. I was named after my mom's maiden name since there were no guys in her family to carry it on into the next generation; Vincent after my cousin Robert Vincent Peltier who passed away before I was born (and after a modern "Beauty and the Beast" type series--> the heroic Beast's name was Vincent), but I'm sure that all really doesn't matter to you.
I'm a musician. I love music and how expressive it can be.
Although I can play a couple of instruments,
I delight in playing the piano, and thank God
for this talent which brings joy to others. I have been taking piano
since i was 7 years old and continue taking. There were times when
I wanted to quit, but my parents wouldn't let me,
and I am very appreciative that they didn't!

I love Christ Jesus my Lord, and delight in
getting to know Him better everyday!
Without Him present throughout each and every circumstance
I have faced through my life (short as it may be), I sure wouldn't be
where I am now, or have experienced the
wonderful things He has allowed me up until this point,
and I couldn't be more thankful.

That's just a tiny fraction of who I am (not much I know),
but who I am really doesn't matter. (Philippians 2:5 & 7)

What matters is that Christ is a part of my life; I want
to share the visions and lessons He has shown and taught me
with you and encourage you in your daily walk with Him.
I would love to hear how God has
affected your life as well, and would be
greatly encouraged to hear from you.
My email address is mgrimes08@apu.edu
(These posts will be few and far
between, but they will come)

May my God meet all your needs

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, 28