But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. ~ Joshua 24:15
There is so much in the Bible that talks about serving God. We were made to serve Him (you can read more on the background behind the motivation for the study here). This is something that was laid on my heart and I thought I would share in hopes of inspiring others. Not only to view serving as a joyful thing, but how doing so pleases God. The first week of this bible study I will be discussing serving God.
His master said to him ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ ~ Matthew 25:21
To me serving God is not only about spending time with Him in His word, but by making sure we serve Him first and foremost with each and every day. I do this by carving out a specific time of the day that I can give Him all of my attention, usually right away in the morning before my kids are awake. Getting myself in the right frame of mind before my day even starts ensures I am focusing on Him throughout my day.
Serving Him also means (to me) making Him a priority in all parts of my day. Since I’m a stay at home mom for me this means listening to worship music when I make lunch, watching Veggie Tales with my kids, reading Bible stories, and having dance parties to Toby Mac in my kitchen. Serving God to me means finding ways to make sure that I put the focus back on Him throughout the day. As it says in the verse from Matthew above, I want God to look at me as I go throughout my day and say “Well done, good and faithful servant”.
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! ~ Psalms 100:2
As a mom of two young kids, sometimes I struggle with getting up early or staying up after a long day to read my Bible and devotionals. If I skip one day, it is so quick to snowball into a week of slacking and then I find myself more behind than if I had just kept up with my daily habit.
Reading my Bible and spending time with the Lord is a lot like laundry, I need to do it daily to keep my house in order. I might not feel like doing it at times (I actually love doing both things!), but if I decide to be lazy and avoid it, it’s just going to pile up until it’s overwhelming. When I finally do catch up, I’m left mentally exhausted and upset with myself for not keeping up. Maybe I shouldn’t have compared my devotional time to laundry, but I hope you can see the point I am trying to make with that.
It says right in this verse to serve the Lord with gladness! Thinking about all of the blessings in my life fills me with such joy. If you find yourself having a hard time serving joyfully, take a step back and think about how much you have to be thankful for. On days when I don’t feel particularly joyful, taking a minute to remind myself of all of God’s blessings helps me bring that joy in my heart to the surface.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. ~ Mark 10:45
How humbling is it to know that God not only sent His one and only son Jesus to die on the cross for us, but to serve people on earth and give God all the glory in the process? Jesus was the ultimate servant, and there are too many examples in the Bible to list them here with how he served God with every one of his decisions throughout his limited time on earth.
Serving God is to honor Him in our daily lives. Making sure you spend time with Him throughout your day will make it easy to stay in the mindset of a serving Him. And not just serving God, but serving Him joyfully.
To wrap up the first week of this series, I thought I would encourage you to challenge yourself this week. I encourage you this week to keep in mind your attitude as you serve God throughout the day. Are you coming to God with a neutral heart, and not a lot of joy? Are you coming to God with a bitter heart, and are upset about something you aren’t ready to let go of yet? For the next week, choose joy when you spend time with God and see how that pours over into your daily life for the better. If you already feel like you are truly being joyful in your approach with God, write down some joyful inspiration that keeps you in this frame of mind so you can refer back to it on the hard days.
I truly hope you enjoyed the first week! The next week of the series will be all about Serving your Spouse.