1. Choose to be loving.
Sometimes we have bad days. And sometimes we have to serve on those bad days.
But we don’t have to react to every single emotion that we feel. When you’re having a bad day, but you’re committed to serve, pray that God will change your heart to view any hindering situations from His perspective. Ask Him to become your source of joy and strength.
Don’t be the greeter at church who never smiles.
When you could just not be a greeter at church.
Likewise, it's important to be energized and ready for the task. Making healthy eating choices and remaining active throughout the week, can pay off a ton when it's time to serve.
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; - Romans 12:10-11
2. Do it with a pure heart.
We can certainly trick people, but we will never get one over on God.
God sees the depths of our hearts and even understands the intention behind each of our thoughts.
Mind = blown, I know.
It’s important to ask God to cleanse your heart of impurities and selfish motives. He wants our hearts to be pure when we serve Him. And He wants us to serve out of our own free will.
As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. - 1 Chronicles 28:9
I’ve done a lot of things that I shouldn’t have, but I will never ever ever, join the worship team. Let’s just say I’m not exactly "musically inclined." Don’t get me wrong, I love to worship and sing praises to Jesus...right...over...here.
We should ask God to reveal our gifts to us, so that we can serve appropriately and effectively. It is significantly more rewarding to serve in the areas where God has already blessed our hands.
Aside from prayer, we can think about our gifts in a practical way, by considering our strong suits, hobbies, interests, classes we excel in and the things we simply spend our spare time doing.
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. - 1 Peter 4:10
There is absolutely positively nothing we can do to earn our salvation. So why try?
We are called to serve the Lord, not because we have to earn His love, but because He freely gave it to us.
The Lord gave us freedom, but with this freedom, we shouldn’t seek out opportunities to fulfill our fleshly desires. No, we should use that freedom to go out of our way to serve one another.
You don’t have to serve to be saved, but since you are saved, serve.
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. - Galatians 5:13
Even, the most holy Jesus Christ did not come down to earth to be served. Rather, He came to serve and to offer His life as a living sacrifice.
Jesus is calling us to lay down our lives for one another. Despite our differences, our flaws, our religious pet peeves, Christ is beckoning us to become humble, as He was (and is) and to present ourselves as a sacrifice.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. - Mark 10:45
And the number one key to serving: always, always do it as to the Lord- and not to men.
With goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men - Ephesians 6:7
Hopefully these points will help you dive into prayer and make some requests to God concerning your heart as it relates to serving. I know I personally need all the prayers!
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