Sunday, June 21, 2020

Two Ways to Serve God and Others


Psalm 100:2 says, “Serve the Lord with gladness.” Sometimes we’re so busy serving the Lord, and maybe even doing an excellent job, but we don’t do it with a joyful attitude. The Sunday School Times told of an elderly Christian mother who was a shut-in, and had two daughters clean her house.

She said, “My two daughters take turns cleaning my small home. Jean comes and makes everything shine. Yet she leaves the impression that I’m an awful burden. But when Mary comes, no matter how dull the day or how low my spirit, she’s so cheery that my heart is tuned to singing. Above all, she makes me feel that she loves me. They’re both Christians, but what a difference in their attitudes! Mary has the extra touch of grace and does everything with a loving heart.”

One daughter served joyfully, while the other served because she felt obligated. The daughter serving grudgingly made her mother feel worthless, but the one serving joyfully made her feel valued.
Does it bother God when we don’t serve Him joyfully? Moses told Israel, "Because you didn't serve the Lord your God with joy and a cheerful heart, even though you had an abundance of everything, your will serve your enemies the Lord will send against you" (Deut. 28:47-48). Looks like our attitude does make a difference to Him.

Do you have a servant’s heart? Elisabeth Elliot said, “The best way to find out whether or not you really have a servant’s heart is to see what your reaction is when somebody treats you like one.” I might add, "and if you’re serving joyfully so you can please the Lord."
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