Author: Ron Graham
Some Christians so appreciate the grace of God, that they want to "work out their own salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12). They wish to do as much as they possibly can for the Lord.
Really genuine Christians ask, "What is the most and the best that I can do for Jesus Christ?" Christians of this kind put God's kingdom first in their lives, and do their utmost. They are always seeking something more that they may do for the cause of Christ. Let's call Christians of this kind the “Do Mosters”, and the opposite kind the “Do Leasters”.
Unfortunately some people misunderstand the grace of God, and seem to think that God's grace means that he does all for them, and they do almost nothing for him. They forget that the grace of God "teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires, and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly in this presentage, zealous for good deeds" (Titus 2:11-14).
Such forgetful Christians ask, "What is the least I can do, and still make it to heaven?" They just want to do the smallest amount necessary, and no more. Ihey are always seeking something more that they can give up doing for the Lord, without losing their place in glory. Let's call Christians of this kind, the “Do Leasters”.
“Do Leasters” should listen to Jesus as he speaks to those who do iniquity and are sent to hell. "I was hungry, and you gave me nothing to eat? I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink; I was naked and you did not clothe me? I was sick and in prison and you did not help me" (Matthew 25:41-46). It is not any wicked action that is here condemned, but rather wicked inaction and neglect. In this same chapter, the parable of the foolish virgins, and the parable of the talents, show that not doing enough good (being a "Do Leaster") is condemned as much as any wicked action.
God has done his utmost for us. God is a “Do Moster” God. "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son" (John 3:16). Not only did God sacrifice his own Son for us, but God freely gives us "all things" (Romans 8:32). God blesses us out of "the riches of his glory", and we are "filled up to all the fulness of God". God wants to bless us "exceedingly abundantly, beyond all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:16-21).
Jesus, like his Father, is a “DoMoster”. He "loved the church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25). He "emptied himself" for us (Philippians 2:7). He was willing to obey for our sakes "even unto death" (Philippians 2:8). Notice, in the same chapter, that a man called Epaphroditus gave him self wholly to the Lord's work; "he came close to death for the work of Christ" (Philippians 2:25-30). He was following the example of his “Do Moster” Lord.
Satan, too, is a “Do Moster”, but of course not for the Lord but against him. Satan is a do-my-utmost Devil, doing his all to destroy our souls. In the beginning, he got busy right away, and tempted Adam and Eve. He has been a devoted worker ever since. In a story Jesus told, the enemy (who stands for the Devil) was at work "when men were sleeping" (Matthew 13:24-25). He was doing his utmost while others slept.
After Satan tried "every temptation" on Jesus, he departed, but only until another opportune time (Luke 4:13). We may be sure he missed no opportunity. I am not presenting Satan to you as a good example, of course. But since he is a “Do Moster” enemy, don't you need to "put on the FULL armour" and do your utmost to resist (Ephesians 6:13)?
Don't be a “Do Leaster”. Be a “Do Moster”. Love the Lord with ALL your heart (Mark 12:28-30). Give "good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over" (Luke 6:38). Doing your utmost is really the least you can do.