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UNTO THE LORD By Denise Addison - September Devotion

Unto (ˈantu) prepositionAn old word for `to'.

Unto is defined as to, until or by. An example of unto used as a preposition is in the sentence, "He gave a crown unto him," which means that he gave a crown to him.

As a native speaker, "to" and "unto" are not really interchangeable. "Unto" usually has the idea of something being presented or given to someone/something. In the other examples you showed, "to" has a meaning of travel or direction. In everyday communication, people would just use "to" for "direction like" phrases:

Hebrews 11:4

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Revelations 19:1

And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God.

KJV Colossians 3:23-24

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ

NLT Colossians 3:23-24

23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

The older I get, the more I see life passing quickly and it is just a vapor (James 4:14). Seeing friends and family pass from this life to the next, we often celebrate their life. We think of their accomplishments and memories.

Tabitha, was someone who “full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.” Her life was devoted to making and giving clothing to the poor. Even so much that when she died, they sent for Peter to raise her from the dead.

When you are a servant, you know the miracles.

John 2:9 NLT

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over.

We can do many things for Christ, but not with a willing heart. Reading the “Love Chapter”, I realized people can give all they have but if they don’t have love? We can give begrudgingly to the Lord and never do or give out of love.

Everyone is busy, working jobs, taking care of the family, doing everyday things. Whatever you do, do it “Unto the Lord” with all your might. You’re building up treasures in heaven. Everything we do in this life, do it willing “Unto the Lord”.


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