Rules for Serving
When it comes to serving others, try to live by these three rules:
1) Serve sincerely.
‘Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them…’ God knows your heart, so be honest with yourself about your true motives in serving and sacrificing for others. If you need help in this area, turn to the Scriptures: ‘For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart’ (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV).
2) Serve silently.
‘…when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet…that [you] may have glory from men…’ (Matthew 6:2 NKJV). Note the words, ‘do not sound a trumpet’. When people take your kindness for granted or fail to appreciate the things you do for them, don’t toot your own horn. Look to God for your reward, not people; otherwise you’ll be disappointed. ‘…as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…so our eyes look to the Lord our God…’ (Psalms 123:2 NKJV).
3) Serve selectively.
You’re not called to go to every place, meet every need, and help every person. On two different occasions God stopped Paul from going into Asia to preach the gospel. But look what happened next: ‘And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”…immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them’ (Acts 16:9-10 NKJV).
Why is this important to know?
Because when God guides you, He provides for you!
‘Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them…’ Romans 12:9 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Song of Solomon 2:10-12, 14; 3:1, 4; 4:7, 9-10; 5:2; 7:10-11
my beloved speaks & says to me; “arise, my love, my beautiful one, & come away, the time of singing has come!” let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, & your face is lovely! My beloved is mine, & I am his! I sought him whom my soul loves! Scarcely had I passed them when I found him whom my soul loves! I held him & would not let him go! You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you! You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes! How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! I slept, but my heart was awake! A sound! My beloved is knocking! Open to me, my sister, my love my dove, my perfect one! I am my beloveds & his desire is for me! Come, my beloved, let us go out! There I will give you my love!
Come away with Christ today! Know His love for you! He longs to reveal His love to you today!