Sunday, June 14, 2009

How do I Serve?



Serve the Lord wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men. -Ephesians 6:7


That should pretty much sum up all that I do. As a wife and a stay at home I do a lot of serving and I should operate as if I'm serving the Lord, not my family. That should color my perspective on the things I do, if I'm doing them for God I should be serving with the best attitude and a cheerful heart.


This means I let go of any feelings of entitlement that I might have, my rights don't really come into play here. Is this easy? Not at all. The days can be long, mundane and tiring. It's hard to serve joyfully when your child is ill or cranky or whining or demanding. I might feel like I deserve that break to get away and then become demanding myself when it doesn't happen.


But what would happen if I acted as though I were directly serving Jesus? Verse 8 of Ephesians 6 says, "the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does." Okay this doesn't mean I serve on the basis that I'll get a reward but it does mean I can serve knowing God's got my back. He sees when I'm tired and worn out, he sees my willing heart and takes note. Quite honestly, my children probably won't be falling all over themselves to reward or bless me. They'll most likely do that later, when they're older and understand all the work a mom does. See Proverbs 31 on this. But God sees and that should be enough for me.


In Matthew 6 Jesus reminds us several times that Jesus will see and reward us for our works done in secret. I think sometimes, in the midst of all my daily doings for my family, the secret part is the state of my heart. It's the unseen place that grumbles when I serve or rejoices when I serve.


I want to be one who serves gladly, who rejoices even when things are tough. I know with God's help I can do this-but it's got to take me working in cooperation with him and allowing him to renew my heart. This is a daily thing, it comes from spending time him daily, all day long. Is it easy? Afraid not. But it's worth it. And really, what mom would my family rather have, the one who serves begrudgingly or the one who serves with joy? I think we all know the answer to that.


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1 comment:

  1. I think I needed to hear this today. So often I think to myself "It's my job to raise the children...it is NOT my responsibility to do XY and Z!" A very bad attitude to have, if we're going to have a happy home :o(

    Thanks!

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