Do you serve because you want to?
Or because you feel you have to?
Sometimes, I find myself forgetting my initial purpose in serving and the service becomes the master.
Stress is a cue to take a step back and check our motives.
Do you ever serve because you feel guilty rather than serving because you love?
But that’s like Double Jeopardy. Not the game show kind, the US constitution kind:
The U.S. Constitution – Amendment 5
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
And the Bible kind.
Jesus paid the price for all sin on the cross, with His own blood. God grants forgiveness based on that sacrifice, on that gift.
If we serve to blot the stain of sin on our souls, we are placing ourselves in either:
a) the place of the savior, for which we do not qualify, or
b) on trial for the same offense which was punished and declared justified in Christ.
Our service should be out of thankfulness and love, not out of guilt and fear.
It’s a lesson we’re probably all still learning to apply. But …
While we’re learning, we might as well practice our serve. 🙂