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 four 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 a Steadfast Spirit
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.“
Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
How steady would you describe your spirit? How easily are you driven up and down, back and forth by ever-changing emotions? How often do the circumstances of serving make you feel like giving up? How would a focus on purity be related to having a steadfast spirit. Do you ever become weary in serving? How often do you turn to God to renew your spirit when you become weary? How does having a steadfast spirit guard your heart while you serve?
Serving people can be a messy business. Without a guarded heart it can be far too easy to let our spirit be tossed to and fro. Yet it is a spirit that is steadfast on the things of God that helps to guard our heart. Serving with a steadfast spirit keeps us from allowing an unguarded heart to lead us into unproductive actions and relationships. When God is the source of our steadfast spirit, we are able to say no to temptation and yes to serving with purity.
As you pray, ask God to keep your spirit focused on Him. Pray that He would guard your heart by the power of His steadfast Spirit within you. Pray that you would serve with pure motives and actions through a steadfast spirit.