So, the worship team has been working through a devotional over this past month or so, using a plan titled “What Does it Mean to Worship?”. Over these past weeks, we've looked at the definition of worship, why we worship, and different ways that we can worship. This week we're looking at what it means to worship God by serving.
The opening quote of the devotional says this, “It is impossible to serve God without serving one another” (Allistair Begg).
Which seems right, right? It does.
Unfortunately, that doesn't make it easy.
The truth is - for me at least - there are times when it is incredibly difficult to serve others.
Just to illustrate, I'm going to share with you guys a snippet of the vows Mike and I made to each other on our wedding day (taken from the book “Blue Like Jazz”... yeah, that's how cool we are)
“I will love you like God, because of God, mighted by the power of God. I will not expect your love, demand your love, trade for your love, game for your love. I will simply love. I am giving myself to you, and tomorrow I will do it again.”
No pressure, right? No big deal, this is exactly the kind of love I show to Mike every. single. day. Because if there's any person in your life that should be easy to serve, it's your spouse, right??
Nope! (sorry Mike!)
I get lazy, and I get selfish.
Even the person I've vowed to love and cherish for the rest of my life I find difficult to serve, and I even like him!
What do I do about the people that rub me the wrong way? The ones who say inappropriate things at inappropriate times? The people I'd rather avoid?
Further into the devotional are these words, “We'll never lock eyes with someone whom God doesn't adore. Those are the people we get to serve.”
Man, that's tough. That's REALLY tough! But it's only tough until I realize the undeserved love I have in my life from the one who gave me life. It's tough until I am humbled to the fact that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It's tough until I remind myself that we don't serve others to glorify ourselves or the people we are serving, we serve to glorify God!
And that makes it a little easier.
The devotion closed this way, and I'll leave these words with you.
“Our aim in serving God is to bring Him glory. Whatever it is and however we're able, we can serve God by serving others. Let's commit ourselves to making a difference in the body of Christ with our gifts, abilities, and traits. It doesn't have to be a full-time job, but it should be our full-time calling”.
“Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:23-24).
Jolene Sanders, Director of Worship
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