There are many reasons we could be inclined to serve. Many times these reasons are simply because we want something back. This is selfish service. Self-sacrificial service is the kind of serving that involves all of our heart soul mind and strength. To truly love someone or something, you must serve it. Mark 12:30 says:
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
How many times did the word “all” repeat? It seems that Jesus is driving in an essential point. He wants it all.
If we are to serve him, we can’t just serve him halfheartedly. We cannot be lukewarm Christians. We must give all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength to God.
Maybe you heard a wonderful sermon. Maybe you just did bible study. Or spent time with God. Whatever it was you feel on fire to serve God. You want to know him and serve him, and love him. At this moment, you feel ready to do anything.
But four hours later you feel a little different. You’ve cleaned the kitchen. You’ve done dishes. You started to organize your desk. Suddenly your younger siblings come in, covered in dirt. In a few minutes, the house is a mess, you are frustrated, and one of them just said something that didn’t go so well with your prideful heart. Your immediate internal reaction would probably be “Well, I just give up. Everything I try to do never works. Nobody will listen to me. I am done with this!”
However, after a moment of considering you become convicted. “Is this all it takes to make me want to give up? Where did all that energy and motivation go? Is this truly the attitude of a servant? Oh Lord, please help me.”
True wholehearted serving is not just serving when you feel like it. It is more than helping someone else only when it will help us too, or when we are motivated to be a servant. To be able to serve wholeheartedly, you must have love. It must come from the heart, and it needs to last.
But how do we make it last? How do we get past that first spike of discouragement? I believe Romans 12 gives the answer:
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” -Romans 12:9-12
Rejoice, be patient, and be constant in prayer. Then you can be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” -Hebrews 12:12-14
“Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!” -Psalm 100:2
I would like to encourage all of you to keep on serving the Lord, in whatever way he would have for you. Give him your whole heart, don’t keep back anything. Serve him gladly! Be always rejoicing. For Christ himself is our joy and strength.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
“Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” -Romans 12:6-8
“But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.” -Luke 22:26
I really hope you were encouraged by this post to keep on serving in whatever way the Lord wants you to, and to do it wholeheartedly so that we shall not grow weary!
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9 (ESV)
All scripture quotations are from the ESV translation