Be a Willing Servant
To be a willing servant we must examine our hearts first. Do we serve God because we
are obligated or do we feel pushed or pressured? That is not how our Lord wants us to
serve Him. Jesus came in to save so many people of a destructive path that we commonly
don’t appreciate all he has done for us. To serve Him is an act of kindness that sometimes
goes unseen but always seen by God. Is there something that holds you back?
When I first started out as a born again Christian, all I wanted to do was serve the Lord.
A couple of years ago I decided to volunteer for a non profit organization that housed
mentally handicapped adults. I went through the motions and thought I really want to
serve God and this seems like a great way. As I started to fill out the paperwork and it
was on its way through the screening process, in my heart I felt little hesitant, almost felt
like it was going to be a burden on my life, I tried to ignore this and signed up. There was
no backing out now, going through the paperwork process and training, I had to show my
integrity and stay with it, didn’t want to look like a quitter.
My paperwork was cleared and I began to show up every other Tuesday night with my
craft box in hand, ready to start some easy projects and spending time with four women,
it was a challenge keeping them focused but they seemed to like to color, paint or cut
and paste pictures. It was fun to see them, they remembered a lot about what we did and
mostly would talk about their families. But I wasn’t really feeling like I was making an
impact spiritually for God as that was my focus as a new Christian.
One night I went over there craft box in hand on a very cold night in the winter. As I
reached the room where we would meet, no one was there. They completely forgot I was
coming. I felt a little insulted at the time, thinking I am showing up as a volunteer and
they couldn’t remember? But it was just a mistake. The leaders forgot I was coming, but
it was enough ammunition for me to quit going back. I got an email from the person that I
trained with she was responsible for volunteers; she asked me why I haven’t been back. I
told her the story; she tried to convince me to go back. But my heart wasn’t in it anymore.
Throughout this stage I prayed constantly for God to show me how I can serve Him. This
was a way I could but I didn’t see it at that time. All I wanted to do was constantly share
Jesus with others, but as new Christians don’t understand that you don’t have to preach to
people to allow the Holy Spirit to come forth in kindness and virtue. Jesus wants us to
always share His love story with others, but we can also be a guiding force to others as a
living light that comes from our acts of goodness and appreciation.
Serving God is something that comes naturally because you want to please him. things
from your heart are very important to Him and if you don’t fee that this is your talent to
serve in a particular way, then do what is your talent and love doing it. Do it with your
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