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 seven 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 Actions
“Differing weights and differing measures — the LORD detests them both.
Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.“
Proverbs 20:10-11 (NIV)
Why do you do what you do? What motives compel you to serve, or keep you from doing so? What do you think your actions reveal about you? What would your closest friends say about your purity based on your actions? What would strangers say? Should those answers be the same? Why? What standard do you use to determine “good and right” actions? How will having purity in your actions help you as you serve?
While our thoughts influence our actions, it is our actions that influence our character — what people think about us. Whether we like it or not, people are watching and they make judgments about what kind of person we are based on what they see us doing, or not doing. When those we are serving watch us, they decide rather quickly if we can be trusted as they observe our actions with others and experience our actions toward them. When our actions honor God, we find ourselves serving others in ways that honor God as well. As you pray, ask God to help you see how well your actions are reflecting Him to those you serve. Pray that the people around you will know you as God’s child by the way you live.