TRUTH: What’s at the Heart of Your Service?

“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” This was a truth and a lesson that the Prophet Samuel learned when God commissioned him to anoint the next king of Israel. Saul had been rejected by God because of Saul’s disobedience wrought out of fear i.e. a lack of trust in his heart for God. TRUTH: What’s at the Heart of Your Service? God’s criteria was a man after his own heart. David, was “after God’s heart” in the sense of being committed to His will and purposes.

Similarly in Ephesians 6, God, through Paul, is addressing the hearts of the believers in terms of their service to Him. Whether slave/servant or master, God had the same expectation for them both. Let’s hear the voice of the Lord.

Ephesians 6

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.

God often has a multiplicity of purposes that He addresses in one statement or groupings of words. The text above in Ephesians addresses many things, but I believe God would have me to look at the TRUTH: What’s at the Heart of Your Service? 

God answers that here in verse 7 which says “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people” God does not want us to serve out of wrong motives which is founded in attempting to please people. God wanted the believers to remember that it was Him that they were to work for out of their appreciation of what He did for them on the cross. He repeats this in Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”

Serving God with your whole heart is God’s criteria for service. When we input doubt, fear, ourselves or others, we jeopardize the privilege we have to serve God and to see Him at work in our lives and in the lives of those to whom He has appointed us to serve. With that, I ask you to consider the  TRUTH: What’s at the Heart of Your Service? 


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