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 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 God’s Counsel
“I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.“
Psalm 16:7-8 (NIV)
How often do you seek advice? Who do you usually seek it from? Why? Have you ever found yourself in difficulty or trouble because you listened to bad advice? Have you had times when it was obvious that you avoided trouble because you followed good advice? How do you determine what counsel to listen to? Do you live daily with an awareness of Jesus being called “Wonderful Counselor”? How would your serving change if the counsel you share was always given from a heart that was guarded by God’s counsel?
It seems like advice is always plentiful but it can easily lead us astray if we don’t guard our heart with God’s counsel. When we listen to, and for, God’s counsel through His Word and in our prayer time, we are able to serve with a guarded heart. It is through God’s counsel that our heart is protected from inappropriate relationships that our serving may lead us toward.
As you pray, ask God to help you keep His counsel fresh in your mind as you serve. Pray that you would always evaluate the advice you hear from others in light of the counsel you receive from God’s Word.