1997-10-15 - I Will Serve Him
1 Chronicles 28:9 - And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve Him with a perfect heart and a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek Him, He will be found of thee; but if thou forsake Him, He will cast thee off forever. (KJV)
I was sitting at a church fellowship the other night. Things were wrapping up, some people were leaving, others were standing around talking, still other people were starting the cleaning up process. The younger children were sitting in a circle tucked away in a corner, talking and laughing.
From the doorway between the fellowship hall and the kitchen, I heard a mother's voice holler out, "Zach, I want you to pick up all the cups and napkins off the floor." Zach was one of the young boys in the corner. His head popped up, he looked at his mother and back at his friends. "Now!", she stated. Obediently, but reluctantly, he got up and did the bidding of his mother.
Sitting there, watching all this, I started thinking about our service to the Lord. I think that I had been pondering it for a week or so, but watching this by-play brought more clearly into focus the answers to my ponderings.
Why and how do we serve the Lord? Do we serve Him because we have to? Do we serve Him because we want to? Is it an obligation or a pleasure? Are we serving out of love or duty? Am I, perhaps, doing the things I do out of a sense of guilt - a need to make up for the wrongs I have done? Is it a half-hearted obedience? Or is it with all the gusto I can bring out of a heart of full of love and devotion for my God?
God wants us to serve Him with a perfect heart and a willing mind. Service brought on by a desire to show Him just how much I want to obey His calling, not because I have to, but because I want to.
And so, I sat there, thinking about it. And I thanked God for giving me something for you to think about.
I Will Serve You by Bill Gather
My dearest Lord, I serve You sometimes for all the wrong reasons. Sometimes I serve You because I think I have to in order for You to love me. Sometimes I serve You because I think it's what others expect of me. Sometimes I serve You because I am trying to somehow atone for the wrongs I do. Father? Would You help me to serve You only because I love You? Would You help me to show my love for You by the way that I respond by doing only the things that You require of me? You said that Your yoke is easy, and Your burden is light, help me to remember that when You ask me to do something, You always give me the strength to do it. Remind me that when the times come that I am feeling burnt out and stressed that it's because I am trying to find my own way to serve You. Help me to have a willing mind and a perfect heart, because I do love You. Amen