“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.” -Ephesians 6:7-8
When it comes to serving the Lord, some people sigh and shuffle their feet. They feel tired and drained, wishing someone else at church would volunteer for the responsibility.
Christian service sounds like backbreaking work with little reward. There are those who even find service distasteful, the very people to whom they minister, a turn-off—such as teaching a rowdy group of twelve-year-olds who squirm through Sunday school. “This is the sort of thing for which Christians will be rewarded?” you wonder as you dodge a spitball.
Whether a Sunday school teacher or a choir member, a preacher or a secretary, no church worker is immune to weariness and tiresome routine. So if your witness has no warmth and your preaching, no power, then double-check to see who it is you are serving. For it is not the rowdy group of pre-teens that you are ministering to, so much as the Lord Jesus Himself. When we serve with our focus on the Lord, we are able to draw on His energy. Only then can we serve wholeheartedly.
Perhaps you feel manacled to a desk, with just enough slack in your chain to reach the file cabinet, the teakettle, and the washroom. Or maybe you feel chained to the kitchen sink or a vacuum cleaner, a computer, or a study carrel in the lonely back corner of a library.
No “Five Easy Steps to Serving Enthusiastically” will do the trick. Only when your focus is on Jesus can you put passion into your service. He must not only be the One we serve but the One from whom we draw power.
Lord Jesus, in your power I will serve You today!