Day 6: Serving God Wholeheartedly, 7 January
Serving God wholeheartedly requires us to pay attention to what we do in our everyday lives and how we behave when faced with situations that challenge us in life.
1. Pray for obedience to the voice of the Lord.
- One of our challenges as Christians is listening to what God is saying now in our lives. This is why we sometimes miss walking in his promise. The children of Israel walked in God's promise for as long as they obeyed his instruction. Whenever they disobeyed God they found themselves into trouble. You can not serve God wholeheartedly unless if you are willing to be obedient to his word.
- Joshua 24:24 And the people said to Joshua, "The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!"
- We know the story of Joshua and the Children of Israel. They brought down the walls of Jericho, just by obeying God. If we serve him wholeheartedly, we will bring down all the strongholds in our lives
- To serve Him wholeheartedly, we need to be focussed on Him and Him only.
- Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
- We also need to raise our level of faith in the face of adversity.
- We know the story of Job who obeyed God when his life was in ruins. Even his wife and close associates encouraged him to curse God and die, but he remained steadfast in his faith and trust in the Lord
- 1 Peter 1:7 (NKJV) that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
2. Pray that we serve God diligently through participation in church programs.
- God requires us to serve Him according to the gifts that he blessed each and every one of us with. We all have a special purpose in God's house.
- Exodus 31:2-3 (NKJV) "See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
- Aaron and his sons were called to ministry by God.
- To serve Him diligently we need to guard against the "volunteer mentality".
- What do say to ourselves when we are given a task or when we volunteer to perform a task in the house of the Lord matters. Volunteering is a noble thing to do but we need to guard against the negative mindset that often comes with volunteering. Not getting an immediate reward should not mean that we deprioritize the task or perform it half-heartedly. God's promise to us is that he will reward the work of our hands. Deuteronomy 16 v 15.
- The 12 disciples before being called into ministry were professionals in their own right and continued in their professions while in ministry. Andrew, Peter, James and John worked as fishermen; Matthew was a tax collector, Simon the Zealot was a politician; During his missionary journeys, Paul supported himself as a tentmaker according to Acts 18:1-3.
3. Pray that we serve God with our treasures.
- When we give to the treasury with a willing heart, God is pleased.
- Exodus 25:2-3 (NKJV) "Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart, you shall take My offering. And this is the offering which you shall take from them: gold, silver, and bronze;
- 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV) So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
- The search for treasure can often distract us from serving God wholeheartedly. God calls us to prioritize the treasures of heaven as earthly treasures are only temporary.
- Matthew 6:20-21 (NKJV) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
- For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- Final remarks – God speaks to our hearts all the time. If we pay attention to Him, we will hear Him speak unto our lives. A good way to pay attention to Him is to hide his word in our hearts.
- Psalms 119:11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!