Monday, January 28, 2013

The Energizing Effect of Serving Others

Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.  –Ephesians 6:6-8 (KJV)

Countless people serve the Lord in all sorts of ways and their only compensation is the satisfaction derived from giving of themselves.  We typically think in terms of being paid for services rendered, yet we do a variety of tasks in service to God for the sake of being faithful.  There are people who volunteer their time helping with children, serving meals, visiting the sick, assisting the elderly, and participating in the overall ministries of the church.  Even those being compensated such as pastors, music ministers, youth ministers, and administrative capacities also give of themselves in a variety of ways that go beyond their ministries to the church.  I share this because reaching out in Jesus’ name, regardless of the task, carries with it tremendous blessings.

I have mentioned in this blog how easy it is to become sorrowful during these dreary and cold winter months.  A wonderful way to combat the winter blues is to get out and give of ourselves in service to others.  Paul the Apostle reminded the believers in his letter to the Ephesians that whatever good we do in service to others we will receive back from the Lord.  Giving of ourselves in service to others lifts our spirits during the winter months and also the entire year round.  Life can be draining and exhausting, and yet when we give of ourselves in service to the Lord we are spiritually energized in the process.  The temptation is to withdraw from others, and there is certainly a time for this as we all need proper rest.  However, getting out among people who need the light of Christ shined into their lives is a wonderful pursuit. 

The happiest and most contented people I know are also the most connected.  Conversely, the most unhappy and discontented people I know are those who have shut themselves off from others.  I often visit shit-ins who because of physical limitations are rarely able to leave their homes.  Often times I find such persons up, sometimes even brightly dressed, the curtains drawn back to let in the sunlight, and enjoying their lives as best as they can.  They are truly making the most of a difficult situation. 

What about you today?  Are you struggling with the temptation to lock yourself away from others and languish in the hopeless feelings which may be overwhelming you?  A personal relationship with Jesus Christ is about getting out and shining His light to a lost and hurting world.  Doing so blesses us and also blesses those to whom we minister.  Regardless of whether you are an introvert and an extrovert you can, by the power of Christ, rise up and meet the challenges of the day.

Do not withdraw and give up.  Christ calls us to go forth and reach out to others.  The effect is energizing on many levels – spiritually, mentally, physically, and psychologically.  God will provide the strength and motivation.  Rise up and walk forward in His strength.

God bless you today.