Frank Hay

Frank Hay

"But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself. (Acts 20:24).

Oswald Chambers wrote in "My Utmost for His Highest," “It is easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work for God without a call because then you are not bothered by what God requires; common sense is your guide, veneered over with Christian sentiment.”

Jesus set the standard of service. In Matthew 20:26-28 (HCSB), He said, 26) "It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27) and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; 28) just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life -- a ransom for many.” And in Mark 9:35, He told his disciples, “The one who wants to be great will be servant of all." 

Daily living requires some motivation. What is it that makes you tick? We work to provide food, clothing and housing for ourselves and our families. Perhaps we want a boat or other type of pleasure item. If so, here lies our motivation. So, what is your motivation to serve Christ? Perhaps it is just the thing to do or perhaps we feel it is needed to meet Christian life’s standards. What happens when some other priority takes over? Family gone, job lost, too old to serve, we think. Whatever our motivation, serving God must come from a sense of obeying Him and out of our love and gratitude to Him. Anything we allow to distract us will deter our service and perhaps eliminate it all together.

Paul’s words in Acts 20 indicate he served God because he had been called by God. Everything else was as refuse, he says. By love he said he was constrained.

“Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. Our firm decision is to work from this focused center: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat.” (2 Corinthians 5:14 MSG)

I must admit it is easy to not do when we don't think anyone will see. When we are on our on, we do just what we want to do. If we are lazy and unconcerned about our work, we might be slack and not do our best or even nap in the job. This is especially true in serving God. We think, "Let someone else do it." Or, perhaps, "I cannot talk before a crowd." Any excuse is a good excuse when we look for one.

Our motivation for serving God should be our gratitude for His love and presence in our lives. He has promised us we will inherit His fortune when we follow His son Jesus, and we become heirs and joint heirs with Jesus. (Romans 8:17)

Our world is filled with immorality, deceitfulness and many other vices that corrupt and destroy people and even nations. Jesus came to give us life and life abundantly. At times, we forget that we are called to serve and to be a light and salt where we live. Laws are proving they cannot contain the evilness of man; only the change in a person’s heart will do that, and that comes only by the second birth that God’s son Jesus came to give. Unless you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God. (John 3:3)

Dear friend, I urge you to seek God and live for him to make your world a wonderful place of love, happiness and joy.

J. Frank Hay Jr. is an Orangeburg pastor and chaplain.

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