Thankfully, He hasn’t given up on me in the area of service to Him. Picking up where I left off in the last post, the best way to get out of a rut is to be about something besides our pitiable selves! Serving is a higher calling. Not simply volunteering, but serving. A volunteer gets to choose where and how and if he is willing to help in areas. A volunteer does what he does of his own volition, but a servant does his work out of overflow from a heart that has been called. Truly, there is no such thing as volunteering in the church-we are servants unto the Lord. As Christians, we are not our own boss. He calls us–no, compels us, to move toward others, to feel their need, Simply put, He calls us to be about something bigger, something more everlasting.
As I was reading in Exodus this morning, it was clear that He had pre-equipped and specially selected whom He would call to build the tabernacle. They were ready because He gave them everything they needed. As they built the tabernacle, God put His vision into the hearts of Moses and the builders, equipped them with every fine skill needed, and provided leadership, the materials, and the desire to create a full-scale replica heaven on earth. (Heb. 8:5) They were ready and able and willing because He had planted it in their hearts firs then their hands. Divinely called, compelled by the need before them, they answered as servants unto Him.
Imagine what we can do (and the eternal significance!) when we are serving, hearing from Him, and moving in the direction He calls. Where would He have us serve this day?
“Hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” (Mark 4:20)