A life of service
“7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Do not weary in doing good. That’s interesting. Doing good just feels right. It brings joy to do service work. Service work is great! I feel energized during and afterwards.
I’m wondering though what service work really looks like. Aren’t we supposed to be self sacrificial? Should our service work be self sacrificial? Latte or $5 McDonald’s gift card for a homeless person? Bachlorett or Feed My Starving Children? A new activity monitor or money on the books for 4 inmates and money on the phone so we can talk? $600k home or a $100k home with the money left going out to the community? I can see how service work can become weary when it’s self sacrificial. Screw it we say, not tonight, I don’t want to expose myself now, I’ve worked hard for this, I have enough problems on my own, I’m tired…. I, I, I, I, I.
Whoever sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. What is the Holy Spirit calling you to do? A latte, TV, activity money, and bigger home?
Whoever sows to please the flesh will reap destruction. What is the flesh calling you to do? Feed, interact and help the homeless, impoverished, sick, and imprisoned? To use your hard earned resources to change the world?
The answer is obvious, the question is which remark do you resemble?
God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Let’s not be comfortable in our salvation, in our justification, in the grace that has been extended to us. Let’s be uncomfortable in a world full of injustice and pain. Let’s own this knowing we have a living God, that we are forgiven, that this isn’t what He wants here on earth, that we are to love like Him and so love the world. Let’s make a difference and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us. Let’s be self sacrificial to the point where we are weary and need God to carry us.
What does the Holy Spirit tell you? I want to get to 90/10, where I’m living on 10% of my income and time. I can’t see that I’ll get there because I started to late, but I will be much closer than I am today. That’s my WIG (Wildly Important Goal). Holy Spirit lead me. I can’t wait to be in His presence, and until then I need to rightly order my life and priorities – and then be tireless in my efforts.
How about you?