March 2, 2020 Blog Admin
In Devotionals

2ND March 2020
Dr Phil Ransom-Bello

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men

What influenced you to serve or join a team at your local church?
Was it passion for the things of God?
Did you find out that church needed help and you decided to help with your time and skills?
Or were you cajoled into doing it?
Perhaps, God explicitly asked you to join a team.
Or you have just always been a church kid so it’s normal and expected?

Your answer to these questions are a clear pointer to your motives for serving and if you’re not yet serving, they will also help you evaluate and see what’s holding you back.

If you decided to serve so you could get accolades and appreciation from men, your disposition towards service would be affected when you’re not appreciated constantly and would eventually reflect in the way you serve.

As a believer, the disposition of your heart matters a great deal. Your disposition should first be fueled by the love you have received and your response to this love. This is so key because it is the one who is in awe of how much he or she’s been loved that wants to love back and serve.
It’s your understanding of the grace you’ve received that readies and empowers you for good works(Titus 3:1) so that even when the challenges of serving come, the state of your heart is not affected. And as our text today points out, you serve heartily knowing that it is a response to God not men.

In the first place, you are not required to serve of your own strength. Philippians 2:13 tells us that it is God who is at work in us helping us want to obey Him and do what He wants. So you see, your service is an outward expression of what’s being worked in you.

This is what will inspire your commitment, diligence and excellence in service. Evaluating the state of your heart will determine how you handle the difficulties thrown at you. You won’t be quick to throw in the towel when difficulties arise, rather, you will go back to the source of your motive which is the love you have received and let it influence the way you handle those situations without wavering in your service.

And as you learn to draw from the love of God as the source of your WHY for service, in return, you will be able to point others to come to the understanding of this love as a motivation for their service.

What is the true disposition of my heart towards service in church?

– I have received the love of God.
– As my heart is strengthened by the revelation of this love, my service has become an inspired response to this love.
-I am always ready and equipped for good works.
– I am diligent and excellent in my place of service.
– No fear, offense or any other challenge in service will distract me from serving with all my heart.
– My focus is set on the finished works of Christ.
– I stand perfect and complete in all of God’s will for my life.
– I am daily loaded with benefits. Testimonies abound for me because the Gospel works. Hallelujah!

(Recommended Listening)

Listen to The Believers Heart – Instruct Your Heart >> Dr. Phil by The StandPoint Church on #SoundCloud