“WHATEVER”

October 6, 2016

 

A word for Older people: Ecclesiastes 11:8, “When people live to be very old, let them rejoice in every day of life. But let them also remember there will be many dark days.” Whatever!

A word for Young people: Ecclesiastes 11:9, “Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.” Whatever!

“Whatever,” definition from the Urban Dictionary: Indifference to what a person is saying! “Who cares!,” “Get a Life!” “Whatever floats your boat.” “Whatever rattles your cage.” “Yeah right! Whatever!”

The popular term “whatever” topped a list of the five most annoying phrases, easily beating “you know,” according to a poll by New York based Marist College.  Also used as “Evs,” and “w’evr” or “W.E.”

 

But the Bible gives us three “Whatever’s” by which you can live your Christian life.

Do you want to know how God desires for you to live your life? Just say, “WHATEVER!” Every questionable thing in life is covered in these three verses, for example, should I smoke, drink, take illegal drugs, have sex before marriage…Those plus, what should I wear, where should I go, and with whom. Everything is covered by these three “WHATEVER’S!” They are found in 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17; and Colossians 3:23.

1. 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or WHATEVER you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Glory is seen in God’s children. Who are God’s children? “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12,13).

“Whatever you do.” At work: Christians are the best workers. At play: Christians never blow up, fight or curse, and they play fair. At school: Christians never cheat or get bad grades. At home: Christians are the best husbands, the best wives. At church: Christians never gossip, never complain, never cause trouble. “Do all things without complaining and disputing” (Philippians 2:14).

 

2. Colossians 3:17, “WHATEVER you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Here’s that same verse from The Message, “Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”

 

W – A – T – C - H YOUR:

WORDS: Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Matthew 15:18 (MSG), “What comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes.” Matthew 12:35 (TLB), “A good man’s speech reveals the rich treasures within him.”

ACTIONS: Psalm 119:9 (NLT), “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying Your Word.” James 1:22, (NLT), “But don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.” Proverbs 20:11, “A young man makes himself known by his actions and proves if his ways are pure and right.”

THOUGHTS: Matthew 15:18 (NLT), “But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you.” “GIGO:” Garbage in, Garbage Out. A Christian cannot read dirty magazines and watch pornography all week and expect to teach a Sunday School class on Sunday! Ephesians 4:23 (TLB), “Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better.” “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” (NKJV)

CHARACTER: Character is the real you! Character is defined as strength of moral fiber. A.W. Tozer described character as “the excellence of moral beings.” Ephesians 2:10, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Character is rebuilt by the renewing of your mind! Ephesians 4:22-24,Be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and . . . put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

God is not finished with us. We are still His workmanship. He is creating in us “righteousness and true holiness”—His character.

 

HABITS: If you never take the first drink you will never become an alcoholic. If you never experiment with that first illegal drug, you will never become an addict. “We should not want to change a habit only because it is embarrassing, expensive, unhealthy, or makes us feel guilty--rather we should want God's greater purpose for our life to be fulfilled.–John MacArthur.  

Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny!

3. Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” Philips translation: “Whatever you do, put your whole heart and soul into it, as into work done for God, and not merely for men.” I submit to you that you cannot do something with all your heart unless you have a clear conscience. 1 Timothy 3:9, “Holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.” Acts 23:1, “I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” 2 Corinthians 1:12 (NLT), “We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you.”

Let me conclude with the number one rule in life! Never, never, never go against your conscience! If something inside you says, “This is wrong!” Who put that thought in your mind? I don’t care what pressures are brought to bear against you, listen to your conscience! Better to say “NO” than to live with a life filled with regrets!

WHATEVER YOU DO…Do it to the glory of God!

WHATEVER YOU DO…Do it in the name of Jesus, giving thanks!

WHATEVER YOU DO…Do it with all your heart, with a clear conscience!

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