As I was thinking and praying about what to write to you this week, God laid it on my heart to share with you the thought of Be Well. I don’t generally write in a series per say, but I believe God wants to stir us to be well in some areas. So over the next few weeks, we will discuss some areas that Jesus is calling us to be well in. I pray God blesses you and speaks to you as He has done for me this week through today’s message: Serve Well.
This past weekend I had the privilege of sitting in the Deeper Leadership Conference at my home church, The Hill. It was an incredible weekend full of fantastic worship and unbelievable speakers. To be honest, it was just what I needed. Now while every part of the conference was significant, there was one pastor from India who, while sharing his testimony, said something that jumped straight out of his mouth and into my spirit. Pastor Alok said, “God chose me, to serve him.” My tiny mind was blown at that moment. So let me share with you why this seemed like such an incredible thought to me.
I live a crazy busy life; I am a wife, a stay-at-home momma, a homeschooling and sports-chasing momma, a writer, a youth pastor, a small group leader, and the founder of an up and coming non-profit organization. I don’t have many hours in a day that I’m not busy. And if you are anything like me, you know how tiring life can get, and not just for you but for your entire family. And after running and continually doing, day after day, I find myself with the negative mentality that I have to do things. Have your kids ever pouted and said do we have to? Or maybe that’s you. I’ve found myself sounding like a pouty child far too often. I’ll say things like: I have to write a devotion, I have to study for the message, or I have to go to church. And friends, that isn’t the heart that God intended us to have in serving Him.
When Pastor Alok made the statement that God chose me to serve him, it brought to my attention his heart for serving our mighty God. Pastor Alok doesn’t do ministry like he does because he has to; he sees it as an honor and something he gets to do. This caused me to examine my own heart. Am I serving the Lord well? Not am I doing enough, or doing good, but am I serving Him well? God chose each of us to serve Him and more often than not, I turn the privilege and honor of serving Him into part of my to-do list that I have to get done. And He’s telling me, and I believe He’s telling you also: He doesn’t want to be our to-do list, He wants to be our bucket list.
See, there’s a massive difference between a bucket list and a to-do list; to-do lists you must get done, but bucket lists you want to get done. To-do lists say have to, bucket lists say get to. On my to-do list I have things like laundry and errands, but on my bucket list I have kayak trips, travel to other countries, and skydiving over Hawaii with my husband trips. So, if you could be a list, what list would you be? That’s what I hear God asking us. Which list is serving Him under? He chose us to serve Him, but are we serving Him well? Do we count it as a joy to do the Kingdom work He’s set before us, or to spend time in fellowship with Him? Do we put on a smile and gladly serve or do you, like me too often, moan and complain about the inconvenience or lack of time to accomplish it all? Are we stuck in the have to mindset?
Perhaps this message was strictly for me today, but just in case it was for you too: I want to encourage you to serve well. It is indeed an honor and a privilege to serve the Lord. I am convinced when we serve Him with the right spirit, He will use us in the most incredible ways, in ways that we could never have imagined.
I give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength for my work. I thank him for considering me worthy and appointing me to serve him. (1 Timothy 1:12)