You're Doing It for Him
Everyday question #25: A friend says, “I know I should help out at church, and sometimes I do volunteer, but I’d really rather be doing something else (anything else). How can I get my joy in service back when my selfish side would rather be playing video games?”
Well, this guy gets points for honesty. Nevertheless, it does indeed sound like it’s time for a reality check. Pinch yourself, buddy. You just pinched sinful flesh. It’s the reason why the Son of God had to become like you so that He could absorb in Himself the punishment that your sins deserved (including the sin of viewing service to God as an annoying irritation instead of a sacred privilege).
Here’s what Jesus’ work accomplished for you: forgiveness for your many sins and a shine put on your life so dazzling that you will look like a saint on judgment day. Here is how your service appears to the King on that day: “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. . . . Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’” (Matthew 25:34, 40).
Serve the Lord with gladness. Everything you do for others in Jesus’ name you are really doing for him.
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