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Scripture: Col. 3:17
Broadcast date: 02/15/2016

“SERVING IN THE SHADOWS” Colossians 3:17 “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Colossians 3:17). Today there may be someone who feels that their work is unimportant, or of little or no value. But take heart!
The service carried on in the shadows is seen of God.”

Eighty years ago I was a member of the youth group in our church. Our theme song was, “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go.” The final verse went, “There’s surely somewhere a lowly place in earth’s harvest fields so wide, Where I may labor thro’ life’s short day, for Jesus, the crucified. So, trusting my all to Thy tender care, and knowing thou lovest me, I’ll do Thy will with a heart sincere, I’ll be what you want me to be. I’ll go where You want me to go, dear Lord, over mountain or plain, or sea.
I’ll say what You want me to say, dear Lord, I’ll be what you want me to be.”
That is precisely what St. Paul was telling the Colossian Christians when he said, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Colossians 3:17).
The apostle goes on to say in the 23rd verse, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” In other words, some of our labors will need to be done in the shadows of life, that is, we won’t be seen of men, but as he continues—”for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
You know there is a lot of work done where no man sees. I think of some of these saintly mothers who serve their families, but are unseen and all too often, unappreciated. But if we are to be obedient to our Lord, we labor on, only to be seen and noticed by God. But then, who else counts?  We do it as unto the Lord and not for the accolades of men. So today, there may be someone who feels that their work is unimportant, or of little or no value. But take heart! The service carried on in the shadows is seen of God. When we take time to listen to someone in sorrow and mourning, and we share in that feeling, stand beside them, encourage them, and love them, do you know what?
We are ministering to that person; we are bringing God’s love into their heart. An act of worship?
Yes, in every sense of the word. And what about those prayers we whisper with the lonely, the neglected, the sick and the weary, bringing hope into their soul. Maybe it is just a child, for children have great burdens and trials also; and a caring, sharing word or deed could change a life. Or think of this; just sharing what Jesus means to us, how He has saved us from our sins, how He helps us and has promised “Never to leave us or forsake us.” (Hebrews 13:5).

Yes, there are a multitude of ways we can help others while no man sees us. The apostle tells us, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” and remember, “do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance.” (Colossians 3:17, 23, 24).

Ira B. Wilson puts it so well.  “Out in the highways and by-ways of life, many are weary and sad.
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife, making the sorrowing glad.  Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love; tell of His power to forgive. Others will trust Him if only you prove true every moment you live. Give as twas given to you in your need; love as the Master loved you. Be to the helpless a helper indeed; Unto your mission be true.”
Shining in the shadows, that’s our calling!