Serve the Lord with Gladness

Serve the Lord with Gladness

 

Ps 100:2Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. NKJV

 

The Bible tells us that we should serve the Lord with gladness. There are two things I want to point out. The first is that we should be serving the Lord. What does it mean to serve the Lord?  Well,I am sure if you asked 10 people, you would get 10 different answers.  When I am looking for an answer to a question I always go back to the Word of God. All throughout the scriptures when people are serving the Lord, no matter what they are doing, God is looking at the heart it is done with. Look at the example in the book of Luke: 

 

Luke 21:1-4And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” NKJV

 

You can give offerings, work in the church, win others to Jesus, but if it’s not done with a right heart and faith in God, it will not please Him.  When you serve the Lord keep your heart connected to what you are doing.  Remember why you are doing what you are doing. Are you doing it to look spiritual so you can impress others? Are you doing it with a self-serving motive? When you serve it should be an expression of your love for God and others.   

 

The second thing I want to point out is the Bible says that we should serve with gladness.  It’s important to be glad when you are serving the Lord.  It shows your attitude of thankfulness and faith.  If you’re not happy, you have your mind on the wrong things.  Do not serve with the attitude that you want people to notice your hard work, work as unto the Lord and receive your reward from Him.  

 

Matt 6:3-4 – But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. NKJV

 

Keep an attitude of thanksgiving and praise and it will make your heart glad!  If you find yourself going through the motions of serving, not really having any purpose or fulfillment from it, take a moment to check your heart.  Remind yourself of your salvation and all that God has given you. Remind yourself of how good God is and how kind He has been to you. When you remember who you are in Christ and all that has been done for you, it will motivate your heart to act.  

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to serve you with my whole heart, help me to find meaning and enjoy serving You and others.  I know that You have called me to reach out to others and not to make life all about me. Help me to see people as You see them, help me to love the things You love and serve You with a glad and cheerful heart.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 


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