Serve Out of Your Position with God As His Child

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When it comes to serving, what is your mindset? How do you approach it? Where does your motivation come from?

When you think about what the Bible has to say on serving, what story pops into your mind first? Could it be where Jesus washes His disciples’ feet in John 13? We often use this chapter to say that Jesus set us an example of serving others, and because He did that, it is important for us to follow that example and serve those around us as well.

One of the verses we often overlook or dismiss as inconsequential in John 13 verse 3, which says that Jesus knew three things – that God had given Him authority and power, that He had come from God, and that He was returning to God. It was with that knowledge that He got up from the meal and washed the feet of His disciples. In other words, He wasn’t serving to earn a position with God. He knew that He already belonged to God, who was pleased with Him, and He served out of the position that He had with God.

Sometimes, we have the mindset towards serving that it’s one of the things God demands that we do if we want Him to be pleased with us. We do it in an attempt to earn His approval. If this is our reason for serving – to try to gain a position with God – we will get frustrated and burned out very quickly. On the other hand, if we realize that God already approves of and is pleased with us because of what Jesus did at the cross, we will be motivated to serve and minister to others out of a desire to share the amazing love and grace He has shown to us. This kind of motivation will be far more lasting, because His love and grace are without limit, and He desires to be constantly giving us a greater revelation of just how great they really are!

Why do you serve? To gain a position with God and His approval, out of the position you know you already have with Him as His child? Realize that God already accepts and cares about you, and begin to serve out of a desire to share the One who has shown you amazing goodness, mercy, grace, and love!

FRUIT of the Spirit

FRUIT of the Spirit

Week 31 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Galatians 3-6, and Ephesians 1. These chapters finish Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia, and begin his letter to the church at Ephesus.

Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruit of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Notice that these qualities are called the FRUIT of the Spirit, not the WORKS of the Spirit! In other words, gaining possession of these qualities isn’t something we are to do on our own. They are the natural outflowing of the Spirit of God that is inside of us. The closer we draw to Him, the more we will become like Him.

Do trees struggle and strive to produce fruit? No, they don’t. It’s just a natural part of how they function. In the same way, we aren’t to struggle and strive, trying to walk in the fruit of the Spirit by our own might. Like any fruit, it will grow naturally – as we get to know our Heavenly Father better, and allow His grace and love to transform us from the inside out!

Don’t treat the fruit of the Spirit as a list of qualities you’d love to have, but must constantly be working to try to live in. Treat it instead as fruit that you know will grow naturally in your life, because of the Spirit of God is living inside of you, and working within you!