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 eighth 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.
Guard Your Heart With Truth
“He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman.“
Psalm 15:2-3 (NIV)
Have you ever had your heart broken by someone spreading lies about you? How does your heart change when you begin believing lies about yourself? How is your serving affected when you start accepting lies about others as truth? What is the lie about you that the enemy uses with the greatest effectiveness? What would God’s response to that lie be? How does a heart saturated in the truth of God’s Word guard you from the attacks of the enemy?
God says that our enemy prowls around like a hungry lion seeking someone to devour. Many people are eaten alive from the inside out as their heart is first broken, then embittered, by the deceitful words the enemy uses people to hurl at them. It is only by guarding our hearts with the truth of God’s Word that we can overcome the accusations of failure, loser, rejected, hopeless, unloved, unworthy, and so many more. It is also by guarding our hearts against such accusations of others, that we are able to serve them wholeheartedly as serving the Lord.
As you pray, ask God to guard your heart with the truth of His Word. Pray that you would always serve with a guarded heart.