Serving God: Faith That Pleases God

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 sixth 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.

Serving God:
Faith That Please God

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

Are there things that you believe just because the right person says so?  Are there people who believe things just because you say they are true?  How does that make you feel?  How do you feel when you are not trusted?  How do you think others feel when you don’t trust them?  How about God, how much do you trust Him?  Do you ever give much thought to your faith in Him actually pleasing Him?  Does that motivate you to a greater faith?

Trust, or faith in a person, is something most of us want but we have a difficult time giving it.  Many people go to great lengths in their efforts to please God yet fail to realize the key ingredient in doing so is faith.  When we seek to serve in a way that pleases God, faith must be at the core of our service.   We serve well when our faith believes God will work through our acts of service to benefit those we serve.  It is our knowledge that God has changed us that allows us to believe He can change others.

As you pray, ask God to increase your faith in Him and in His ability to use your works of service.  Pray that He would surround you with people who help you to grow in faith.

In prayer,

Tom

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