This morning’s Morning and Evening is full of practical advice. It is a great reminder for me… as my hands keep finding semester projects to finalize in the coming weeks.
I also like the line, “One good deed is worth more than a thousand brilliant theories.” I need that reminder. No one has ever been declared righteous for sitting on a rock and ironing out their plans while the world burned. Planning is important, but not at the expense of active obedience.
Here is Alistair Begg’s paraphrase of the Spurgeon classic.
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Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…
— Ecclesiastes 9:10
“Whatever your hand finds to do” refers to works that are possible. There are many things that our heart finds to do that we will never do. It is good for it to be in our heart; but if we would be eminently useful, we must not be content with forming schemes in our heart and talking of them; we must practically carry out “whatever your hand finds to do.”
One good deed is worth more than a thousand brilliant theories. Let us not wait for large opportunities or for a different kind of work, but just do the things we “find to do” day by day. We have no other time in which to live. The past is gone; the future has not arrived; we will never have any time but now. So do not wait until your experience has ripened into maturity before you attempt to serve God.
Endeavor now to bring forth fruit. Serve God now, but be careful about the way in which you perform what you find to do—”do it with your might.” Do it promptly; do not fritter away your life in thinking of what you intend to do tomorrow as if that could repay today’s laziness. No one ever served God by doing things tomorrow. If we honor Christ and are blessed, it is by the things that we do today.
Whatever you do for Christ, throw your whole soul into it. Do not give Christ a little halfhearted labor, done as a matter of course every now and then; but when you serve Him, do it with heart and soul and strength.
But where is the power of a Christian? It is not in himself, for he is perfect weakness. His power lies in the Lord of Hosts. Let us then seek His help; let us proceed with prayer and faith, and when we have done what our “hand finds to do,” let us wait upon the Lord for His blessing. What we do in this way will be well done and will not fail in its effect.