When was the last time you performed a love check on yourself. Those of us who claim to be believers should do so. What do I mean? Have you asked yourself to what extent do you really love the Lord? Sure you may attend church every Sunday, you may sing in the choir, serve on the usher board, oversee a committee, be a deacon or even a preacher but do you really love the Lord? Why do you do any of the things you do at within the congregation?
Overtime the motivation for doing any of these things may become overshadowed with our own personal desires. How many times have you seen or heard of someone getting upset when their name isn’t called at the end of the program? Have you ever witnessed anyone who got a little discouraged when no one gave them a pat on the back after having done something in or for the church? Or maybe you’ve even been that person?
If we all were honest we’d discover most of us have been that person at some point. Unfortunately it’s part of being human. We want to be acknowledged sometimes but the need for an accolade should never be our reason for-listen to this- SERVING within the body of Christ.
The motivation for everything we do should start with the love we have for the Lord. When it ventures from this it’s done for the wrong reason. Sometimes it appears as if the church has become more of a big business and it would seem as if we’ve lost our love for the simple things. Can you recall those days when folks would stay at church all day and no one complained? A minister could deliver the message and whether it was one of correction, edification or praise we absorbed every word that was spoken and enjoyed it.
Now most of us only want to hear the feel good messages that tell us how the big blessing is on the way or how we are supercalifragelistically blessed. We want to be tapped on the shoulder to do stuff in the church but we do them to please men and don’t consider what the Lord wants.
We do things like stay at home when people upset us because we base our relationship with Jesus by how people treat us. People treated Him bad and He didn’t stop loving you. He was faithful all the way to the cross. Why get mad at God because a person messed up? And why expect perfection to be in the church? Didn’t Jesus say, “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” The church is composed of people who need Jesus to heal and deliver them from sin, problems, hang-ups, attitudes, etc. And because of this there is potential for misunderstandings. However, this is no reason to lose heart because the blood of Jesus is strong enough to cleanse any man.
Some of us are more concerned with being a well known name around town than striving to hear the Lord say “well done”. We claim to have a heart for the Lord but we have not led one soul to Him. We say we’d do anything for Him but we don’t give our time or money when it’s needed most. We sing just to sound good but there is little worship. We preach catchy messages filled with sensationalism because this is what the people want but there is no teaching being done. We’d rather hear a preacher with a “hoop” than one with a much needed Word from the Lord.
“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” Everything else falls behind this. Now ask yourself these questions:
1. Do you really love Him like you say you do?
2. Do you act like it?
3. Are the things you do in the church truly done as unto the Lord?
4. If no one ever thanked you or called your name aloud would you still serve Him?
Our love for Jesus Christ should motivate and fuel us in everything we do. When our service is done unto the Lord you will find the quality is far better and His reward is greater than any man can give.
"Our love for Jesus Christ should motivate and fuel us in everything we do. When our service is done unto the Lord you will find the quality is far better and His reward is greater than any man can give" -- Good closing statement. Thomas