Welcome to our special series, “Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Holidays.”
Over the next few weeks, you get to enjoy the wonderful words of my amazing friends as they share with you creative and practical ways you can keep Christ in the middle of all of your celebrations.
Our prayer is that you will come to know Him, worship Him, enjoy Him, celebrate Him, and share Him with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. People all around us need to know the love of Jesus.
May we all be bright “lights” this year – sharing hope to those who need it most!
David had been reluctant to serve the other Sunday school kids.
I asked him why but he murmured under his voice, “They won’t say thank you”.
In this case, I just smiled at him…
To be sure, he was expecting me to lash out on the smaller kids.
Instead, I simply responded with a smile.
That puzzled him more. He couldn’t understand why I was smiling.
Trust me, on other days, my reaction would have been different but this time, I even surprised myself.
What David didn’t know was that I was in those same shoes!
Indeed, God was working in my heart. He was using David’s reaction to instruct me as well.
Now you see why I was smiling!
I was upset because I received an ill-treatment from people I had helped recently.
Who wouldn’t be?
Secretly, I had started to withdraw from service and rendering a helping hand.
The Lord saw through my anger and withdrawals.
Additionally, He saw the foolishness of my decision and needed to open my eyes to see what I was missing.
We always expect people to return our kindness with kind words of appreciation, but this expectation is the cause of our disappointment when people fail us.
But this question changed my heart.
“Why do you do it, anyway?”
As I recollect those thoughts, I smiled even more and asked David the same question…
“Because I love God,” he responded.
That’s it David. That’s the whole point of service.
Ultimately, we don’t do it for people because time and again they would fail us.
- We are always distracted by the need for appraisal
- We are entangled in the honor men give us
- We wait eagerly to have someone commend us for the work we have done
When it doesn’t come, we get frustrated and want to stop our service altogether.
Like my Sunday School kid, David, I failed to realize the whole point of our service.
“We should do all we do because we love God”
For do I now persuade men or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Maybe you are upset, about not receiving a “Thank you” for your kind gesture.
Or you are upset that your kindness had gone unnoticed.
I am quick to remind you of this scripture:
And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
In this season, don’t take out the whole point of the season.
The whole point of the season is to serve others with love. With this same love, Christ has showered upon us and made us His children.
It is the Love we have for the Lord that makes us continue even when we don’t get appreciated.
It is the love we have for the Lord that allows us to share the gospel through our kindness and good works.
There are important lessons to remember when next you want to give up on doing good
7 Powerful Lessons to Remember When You get Weary of Serving:
1} You may not get a kind gesture in return.
Got you! I know this is sad even Jesus had experienced the same thing. He healed the 10 lepers and only one returned to say thanks (Luke 17:17).
2} God’s Commendation is worth more.
Whether or not you receive a thank you, God’s commendation is more important than any “thank you,” people say to you.
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
2 Corinthians 10:18
3} Service requires you bend over in humility.
Every time you bend over in service, you learn humility.
It takes a humble heart to serve others. Even though you are despised, humility is what makes you do it over and again. Like Moses, several times his patience was tested yet He remained meek (Numbers 12:3)
4} Service is hard and Jesus knows that.
That is the reason if we must be the greatest in God’s kingdom we can only do so through serving others (Matthew 23:11)
5} Service requires hard work and God knows we can easily get tired.
But He encourages us to continue and not faint (Galatians 6:9)
6} Patience is a virtue you require in the place of service.
Service is hard and many times people or situations will push you over the edge.
7} You are learning to give more grace rather than criticism in the place of service.
The more you serve the more you drown yourself in God’s grace and are able to give that same grace to others
Let me draw our attention to the whole point of our serving others.
It is because ‘We love God’ we do everything for His glory alone.
As we go on in this season, let us not forget the whole point of our service, “Because We Love the Lord.”
What a great and convicting reminder about service, Ifeoma. We serve to please One – our God. We serve at His pleasure and for His glory.
Thank you for such a wonderful message as we enter one of the busiest weeks of the year. May we serve others this next week because we love God. Thanks so much for your message today.
- I am by God’s grace totally, a daughter, a granddaughter, a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, an in-law, colleague, who loves God passionately.
- It is incredible how God uses ordinary everyday life experiences to teach us about His immense love for us and draw us closer to Him.
- And that’s what I write about mostly.
I share articles that point you back to the story-giver, Jesus and encourage you in your faith walk. Let’s do this together!
- Among my numerous favorite things, I enjoy being a Sunday school teacher, I enjoy writing, reading, speaking and playing chess when I am less busy.
- You can link to Ifeoma’s website HERE.
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