“… But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
When we are armed with that belief system, we have a foundation that Jesus illustrates in the Gospel of Matthew.
24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
Why do I do the things I do?
For the most part, I genuinely believe that my motive is rooted in my personal mission statement: Honor God.
I want to honor God with my words, actions, abilities, and resources. Do I do that perfectly everyday? Absolutely not! That is where I grow the most, though. You see, through God’s grace, if I honestly believe I could have done better, I am given an opportunity to learn and grow. Each experience grows me closer to God and makes me a better person.
For me, I have to fight to deny my selfish ambition. There are constantly attacks to do things that would temporarily satisfy me but not honor God. As an example, I’m writing this devotional. It would be just as easy to sit on the couch and watch Netflix. But the more I serve God, the more disciplined I become in my mission statement.
My friends, spiritual muscles don’t grow overnight. We have to work on our faith daily and verify our motives. I wholeheartedly love to help people. I will do anything for anybody. But I have to tell you, that spiritual ambition took time, and I had to build my belief system on a Godly foundation.
Using your gifts and abilities to honor God is not a natural response—it is a supernatural response. The more you apply proper motive to your words and actions, the more you’ll grow as a Christian.
Whom do you serve and why? What motivates your thoughts and actions? How can you fight the temptation to ask: “What’s in it for me”?
Take a step back and question your motives. Take that moment to get some clarity, connect with God, and ensure that what you’re doing has pure intention.
Heavenly Father, help us to grow in our ability to serve. Give us genuine hearts that seek to honor you with our abilities and resources. Help us to remember that you are always with us, and we can rely on your wisdom. Open our eyes to the opportunities, and give us willing hearts to serve. May we stand confidently, knowing you are using us to do amazing things for your glory. Amen.
This post was written by Mike Bilik. Mike is a father to 3 amazing daughters and one awesome son. Spare time is rare, but given the opportunity, you are likely to find him with friends hiking, hunting, or fishing.
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