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 two in the fifth 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.
Excellence In Faith
“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ He replied, ‘If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.’“
Luke 17:5-6 (NIV)
When you think of faith-filled people, who first comes to mind? Why? Do people consider you a trusting person or more of a skeptical person? What part of serving seems to require the most faith for you? Why? Have you ever not served in a specific way because you didn’t trust God to work — either through you or in the one you needed to serve? Do you ever ask God to increase your faith?
Many times we are like the father in scripture who exclaims to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief!” We have faith but we’ve not yet excelled in faith. When serving others we begin to doubt if we could ever make a difference. Or we doubt if the person we are serving will ever change. At the heart of either type of doubt is a lack of faith that God will come through with the power, ability, and/or desire to make a difference. We believe but at times our unbelief is stronger.
As you pray, ask God to help your unbelief and increase your faith in Him. Pray that you would be filled with a willingness to serve however and whoever He says, as you trust Him for the results. Pray that your practice of belief would make you one that is known for excelling in faith.