Today’s devotion (Sarah Young – Jesus Calling) reflects on some principles that are reflected in my heart … the performance side of serving. She says:
Men tend to multiply duties in their observance of religion. This practice enables them to give Me money, time, and work without yielding up to Me what I desire the most – their hearts. Rules can be observed mechanically. Once they become habitual, they can be followed with minimal effort and almost no thought. These habit-forming rules provide a false sense of security, lulling the soul into a comatose condition.
I was there for years and years through serving Christ. This exactly reflects my behavior. I was serving Christ through actions, but my heart was not where it should have been. I didn’t know it at the time, and if you would have asked, I would have denied it. How do you get your heart to serve Christ? That is the high-dollar question.
For everyone, it is different (I believe). There has to be situations in life that bring you to a decision, a crossroads.; We have these cross roads every day, and make decisions that either keep us on God’s path, or we take a side path and follow our own ways. I believe your heart begins to serve God when you begin to take God’s path through these crossroads. I’m thinking specifically about Jeremiah 6:16:
This is what the Lord says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’
When you are at the crossroads and pause to acknowledge God’s way, you are beginning to walk God’s paths. There is something I must input here. It is not about works and actions though, so there is something that you must understand. It is not about outward actions that leads you down God’s path.
So, there easily is a dilemma that can be examined here. God is not interested in our actions, but clearly our actions are a large part of serving God. The answer is (as it ALWAYS is when it comes to God) is the heart. What does your heart tell you about yourself? Do you desire to serve God, and more importantly, do you desire to lay down your life for Him? Answer this honestly and you will know whether or not you are on God’s path.
Serving God is easy on the outside, but also the most difficult endeavor you will ever undertake. Why? Because it requires you to put something/one above the most important person in your life, YOU!