The Joy of Serving – Day 2


Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Matthew 26:39

Jesus didn't just talk about the importance of serving, he lived it out. Earthly kings are served by many servants, but our heavenly king didn't come to be served, he came to serve. Even to the point of offering himself as our ultimate sacrifice! His flesh wrestled as he approached the cross, asking God if there was any other way. Yet he was fully surrendered to God's will, acknowledging: "not as I will, but as you will."

Are we living our service with a "not as I will, but as you will" spirit? Or are we busy telling God what's needed or how we're willing to serve, limiting what we're willing to give to others? Many of us will say, "I won't do that, Lord!" And we become unwilling to do what's actually needed. But God's looking for people willing to live higher, who are fully surrendered to his will and following his lead. Are we praying, taking notes and doing things that have more to do with what God is wanting to say through us than what we're wanting to say? Following God's will will take us to what's uncomfortable. We can do it afraid because he's not given us a spirit of fear or timidity but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

Is God putting something on your heart that makes you feel uncomfortable? Decide today to have an open heart and be willing to step into all he has for you -- even if it makes you uncomfortable, afraid or honestly, just not something you want to do. You're called to be more like him, so let Jesus' mindset become your motivation. What's one step of obedience you can take today? Is it giving your time, your talent or your treasure? Take the step, and see how God shifts your heart and does what only he can do! Jesus' example is worth following. If you want to go to new levels in serving, you need to go to new levels in surrendering.