The Joy Of Service
“Only fear the LORD and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you” 1 Samuel 12:24.
One of the greatest ways to experience the joy of Christ is to serve someone in need. Nothing takes your mind off of your own problems more quickly than giving to others. The reality is, no matter how bad things get, there is always someone out there who is worse off than you are. Trials and hardship can leave us feeling worn down, depressed, weary and even angry. During these times, the last thing we may feel like doing is serving another person... but maybe that is the perfect time to do so.
Our motivation to serve others is not so that we can feel better. Rather, our motivation should be always and only Christ and His glory. When we consider Jesus–what He suffered, endured, and joyfully gave up–we are compelled to share in His sufferings if only in some small way. There is no room for self at the foot of the cross. There is no place for self-pity in front of the empty tomb. Jesus drew His last breath loving and giving to others. He gave His mother to His beloved friend. He gave His forgiveness to His enemies. He gave pardon to the thief. He gave up His Spirit for our salvation.
How can we keep such a great Savior to ourselves? How can we allow temporary circumstances to overshadow the eternal gift He has given to us? It is always the right time to share the love of Christ with others. As long as we are willing to be used, He will use us. Some of your most effective ministry on this earth may happen when others see you persevere faithfully through trials. You may never know the impact your life has had on those who are watching you.
So, let us consider the great things God has done for us. May we always be ready and willing to reach out to others who do not know our gracious Father. Nothing pleases Him more than a tattered, broken, surrendered heart.
Father, You have done more for me than I ever could have ever asked or imagined. Your goodness and mercy are all the reason I need to give my life away for Your sake. When I am facing hard times, I confess that I often turn inward, oblivious to the work You are doing all around me. Please help me to see the needs around me, Lord. Use me to show Your love to those who need it today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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