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 twelfth 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.
Purity Of Your Walk
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.“
Psalm 119:9-10 (NIV)
How often do you think about having a purity in the way you live? Does the level of purity in your daily walk reflect how much attention you pay to it? How often do you realize that you are being tempted to not keep your way pure? Are you likely tempted more often than you realize? How does God say a person can keep their way pure? What would living according to God’s Word require from you? How does keeping your daily walk pure help you as you serve others?
We live in a time when most people would agree that keeping one’s self pure in their daily walk is a difficult thing. God says that the way to keep our way pure is to follow His instructions. It is so easy, as we go about life each day, to let distractions keep us from considering what God’s Word says about the way we ought to walk. It is time spent in God’s Word that becomes the straightedge in our life to see if our way is pure or not. When our way is pure, then our serving reflects God’s Word into the lives of people. As you pray, ask God to fill you with a desire to walk in a pure way. Pray that you would meditate on, and live by, the Word of God so that your way is pure as you serve the people around you.