It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others. There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others. Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season. I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.
This is day one in the third week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”. This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others. Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.
Strength That Is Rewarded
“But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them. In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil. One nation was being crushed by another and one city by another, because God was troubling them with every kind of distress. But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.“
2 Chronicles 15:4-7 (NIV)
Who do you consider to be the strongest person you know? Is it their physical strength or something else that makes you view them as strong? What rewards have they received for their strength? What rewards do they expect? How motivated are you by rewards? What types of rewards are most likely to get your attention? At what point in a task are people most likely to be rewarded? How does God’s promised reward help you to serve with strength each day?
Serving well requires an enormous amount of strength. Sometimes it is a physical strength that is needed, but more often it is the strength of endurance that is the most difficult part. It is to those who don’t give up and are faithful to the end that God promises the reward of life eternal with Him.
As you pray, ask God to help you live with an enduring strength that will be rewarded. Pray that you would not become so focused on temporary rewards that you lose sight of the eternal reward. Pray that you would see the lives of those you serve as being reason enough to keep serving in the strength that God gives.