Vision | Devotion #2: Motives Matter
Debbie Kerr | Office Administrator
Growing up as a young girl, I remember being in church a lot! It is a good thing that I loved it because it was a huge part of our lives. If the doors were open for anything, whether it was Monday night visitation, Wednesday night mid-week service, choir practice, bus ministry, or youth activities, we were there, and my dad was not even the Pastor! I am very thankful I was raised to love and serve Jesus. I have been serving the Lord since I was a teenager, but I have to admit, my motives have not always been the purist. I am afraid there were times I have served out of selfishness and pride, with a desire to receive recognition and praise. As I continue to grow in my walk with the Lord, He graciously and gently reveals the areas that are not pleasing and acceptable to Him. When we serve with wrong motives, our service is in vain. In other words, it is wood, hay, and stubble which will be burned up when it is tried by fire. That is a sobering thought!
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 (AKJV), “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
The Bible has a lot to say about serving, James 2:17 tells us that faith without works is dead. I love how Jesus did not just tell us how to live for Him; He always demonstrated it by example. In Matthew 20:28 we read, “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
1. Serve in Love.
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:8-11
2. Serve with A Grateful Heart!
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful putting me into ministry.” 1 Timothy 1:12 (NKJV)
3. Serve Understanding the Eternal Significance.
“And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.” 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NKJV)
4. Serve Humbly.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1 (NKJV)