Do your Best, and Commit the Rest!

"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ."
- Colossians 3:23-24

How good is "good enough"?  When we serve the Lord, and seek to live our daily lives for Him, what is the goal that we should aim for? Often times believers struggle with condemnation over our service to the Lord, or our level of dedication to Him in worship and devotion. What does God tell us in His Word that He desires from us?

Answer: We should seek to give God our very best!  That really is the idea behind a very popular Christian slogan: "Do your best, and commit the rest!"  I've heard it used quite a bit..maybe you have too. But is that really a good statement for a Christian to live by?  Is it really a biblical concept?  Absolutely!  As a matter of fact, I believe that if more believers lived by the slogan "Do your best, and commit the rest!" they'd be doing a lot better in their walk with the Lord, and be more at peace in their hearts.  Here are 3 good reasons for you to consider:

Reason #1: God deserves your best!

If we truly understand who the LORD is, we'll understand that He deserves nothing less than the absolute best I can give Him. We owe our very existence to God (Read John 1:3), and He alone is the reason that all of creation is here at this moment - to glorify Him! (Read Revelation 4:11)  Since this is the case, the Lord deserves all that I can give Him. As Paul said to the bondservants in Colossians 3:23,24 -

"And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ."

Paul exhorts us to work "heartily" or from the heart, in whatever we do for the Lord. Not lazily, or sleepily, but rather diligently! Diligence should characterize our service, devotion, and worship. Also, Paul tells us to do it for the Lord, not for men, knowing that the Lord will one day give out rewards, crowns, and ministries as recompense for faithful service unto Him! (Read Matt 25:21; Heb 11:6; 1 Cor 3:11-15)

Reason #2: The most you can give is your best!

Since the LORD deserves my maximum commitment and love, the most I can give Him by God's grace, is my very best.  If I settle for less, if I choose to not do my absolute best, than it isn't really worthy of my God and Master!  Not that it will ever be perfect, because I make mistakes. But it should be the very best that we can do for Him, as His servants in this world.

Jesus told us in Matthew 6:33 to "seek first the Kingdom of God", and it's interesting to know that the word for "seek" is the Greek word "zeteo" meaning a serious and strenuous effort. Notice also that Jesus said it should be "first" in my list of priorities.  In other words, Jesus deserves nothing less than my best, serving Him aggressively with tremendous energy (Read Matt 11:12), and He wants to be the #1 priority in my daily life! 

Reason #3: After that, all you can do is commit the rest!

Once I've given the LORD my absolute best, by His grace, I should simply commit the rest to His keeping and perfect will. There is no use of trying to hold on and try to influence the outcome.  I should release that act of service and worship, knowing that the Lord will honor and keep it (Read 2 Tim 1:12).  After I've done my very best, I should release it into God's keeping, and trust in His power, love, and knowledge to work all things according to the purpose of His will (Read Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:9,10).

To apply this, ask yourself: "Am I doing my very best for the Lord, in my service and personal devotion?"  If the answer is no, then ask why not, and ask the Lord for the power to change that.  If the answer is yes, that you are doing your sincere best for the Lord, ask for even more grace, to continue to praise and serve Him as He deserves.  

It's a great, biblical motto to live by: "Do your best, then...commit the rest!"


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Jason Dennett

Jason Dennett is the teaching pastor at Calvary Chapel Puerto Rico. You can listen to Pastor Jason on "Comfort Ye My People" radio program Mon - Fri @ 4:00pm on WBMJ am 1190 San Juan // WIVV am 1370 Vieques // WCGB am 1060 Juana Diaz and Ponce