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 three 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 Through Hope
“Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.“
Psalm 31:23-24 (NIV)
What do you hope that your serving will accomplish? In what ways can hope give you the strength to keep serving? Have you ever had a time when you lost hope? Do you serve people who seem to have lost hope? What does a lack of hope do to the difficulty level of life? How much damage can a misplaced hope cause? Where is the one place you can put your hope in that will never disappoint? How deliberate are you in sharing that hope with those you serve?
When in the presence of hospitals and blood, I have a tendency to lose strength and pass out. Yet I’ve discovered that hope can help me overcome that weakness and do what needs done. A number of years ago, my daughter was fighting for her life and in need of daily dialysis for a time. I found myself filled with the strength to sit at her bedside holding the lines through which all of her blood was flowing because of the hope that she would be made well. When we allow God to fill us with the hope that He can change the lives of those we serve, we too can gain strength we didn’t know possible.
As you pray, ask God to fill you with a hope that only He can give. Pray for a hope that endures all things.