Do Your Best and Let God Do the Rest! (Colossians 3:23-24)

There are many aphorisms that people love to quote. Not surprisingly some are peppered with references to God and and therefore some presume the quotations are Biblical. One example is, “God helps those who help themselves.”

Wrong! There is nothing in the Bible that remotely suggests or resembles this. The quote originated in ancient Greece and is thought to a fable or proverb of the day. Benjamin Franklin later used it in his writings. Unfortunately, for many, this aphorism has been accepted as one of God’s commandments! It is the antithesis of what God commands of us and, instead, it is an ode to self-reliance and humanism.

Thankfully, other aphorisms are not egregious misrepresentations. “Do your best and let God do the rest.” There is no exact Bible verse that states this. However, this sentiment is certainly present in a number of Bible verses.

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ."
Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
1 Corinthians 9:24 (ESV)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (ESV)

All of these verses point to the importance of using all of your God-given abilities to do your best. But at what point do you allow God to do the rest? When you are exhausted? When you are injured or incapacitated? No, you allow God to work from the very beginning. Before you do your best, commit your effort to the Lord. He promises to accomplish His purpose through you.

Commit your work to the Lord,and your plans will be established.
Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)

Do your best and let God do the rest!

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.