Do you ever have one of those moments, when you’re reading Scripture, that you feel so convicted yet so encouraged by the words in front of you? Like they were meant just for you where you are right now?
That’s how this week has gone for me.
I’ve mentioned several times lately that God is continually giving me opportunities to serve others. And I do love serving, but sometimes I get tired… Obviously, He’s working on me. …Sanctifying me ever more through the continual process of removing my eyes from their inwardness and turning them outward. To others. To Him.
So this week, studying Ephesians 6:1-9 two phrases popped right out at me. They didn’t just pull at my heart, they yanked! A little bit of an ouch moment…
“Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart. Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men…” (Eph 6:6, 7 HCSB)
As a mother, I desire for my children to obey me and work with a good attitude. It blesses me to see them do this, and I know it blesses (or will bless) them even if they don’t realize it at the moment. Learning to serve joyfully blesses the service giver as well as the receiver.
Our Heavenly Father wants us, as His children, to serve one another with the right attitude. He wants us to do His will from the heart and with a good attitude. Serving is all about the heart! It’s not just about getting things done and checking things off the list. God is not interested in robotic, obedience that is apathetic or, worse yet, bitter! He is interested in the hearts of mankind.
So, as I serve, I’m trying to create a mental image of me serving “as to the Lord“. When I am tired of scrubbing toilets, folding laundry, dusting furniture, dropping off and picking up children, and so on, I have to stop and do a heart check.
“Create in my a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me!” (Psa 51:10, NASB)
I have to stop any grumblings going on in my head and count my blessings. Being thankful is a powerful antidote. And I have to refocus my vision on Christ, who sees and will reward me for serving joyfully with the right attitude.
“…whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord,” (Eph. 6:8 ESV)
How has God given you opportunities to serve others from the heart?
What does serving “as to the Lord” look like to you?
Be blessed as you serve others today!
(This post is a part of a series entitled Glorious Grace Fridays: On Fridays (all or some) I’ll be sharing what God’s laying on my heart through the Bible study Glorious Grace that I’m doing with the Hello Mornings ministry. Read why I can say “Hello, Morning!”, here. I’m linking up this post here at the HelloMornings blog. Also linking with MissionalWomen.com here.)