Extraordinary Effort for God

Read Colossians 3:23-24

Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you are serving the Lord Christ.

Thought for the Day:  Serve God with Extraordinary Effort

My husband, Mark, is a wonderful Minister of Music and Worship. God led him to this ministry when he was young and has blessed him with the talent to create worship experiences that are extraordinary. In his ministry, Mark can be found searching hymnals and music libraries for the perfect songs and anthems to bring direction to the scripture. He brings people into the scripture with extraordinary altar and entry designs that focus them as they walk into the worship experience. He writes beautiful litanies and lyrics that direct ones spirit to the message God has given for the day. Mark leads the hymns and songs with such energy that people in the congregation feel an extraordinary need to sing. The most passionate and extraordinary thing Mark does is to bring emotion and perfection into the choral direction. Choir members find themselves following Mark’s spirit as they sing anthems, tearing up when they experience the look on his face during songs of passion. They smile as they sing anthems when he exuberates joy through a piece. Mark’s face shows the emotions of the moment that lead the choir members to the emotional place for that song. All of these gifts are extraordinary gifts that God has given Mark as he created this minister of music.

As I read a devotional this morning about giving extraordinary effort, I thought of Mark and the worship experiences I have witnessed where the spirit has led him in the full design. God wants us to go through our days putting extraordinary effort into the areas of our life where He is leading. Today, I want to strive to put extraordinary effort into the areas that I know please God, especially in my prayers for where God is leading today. God is extraordinary and requires us to put extraordinary effort into loving Him and following Him.

Prayer: God, help us follow where you lead with extraordinary effort today. You are our amazing and loving God and you deserve only our best….our extraordinary effort. Amen.




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