Called to serve. That’s a popular phrase among the believers’ community. And it is true that Christ wants us to be servants. But an email forwarded to me from Renee Swope’s 7-Day Doubt Diet devotion made a clarion call to me this morning to reexamine the balance between my serving and seeking. In it she states,
Looking back now, I can see that I was doing a lot of good things, but not all of them were God’s things for me during that season of my life. The truth is I was serving God more than I was seeking God.
It’s rather easy to get caught up in doing “good things” in our lives and being in service to God and others is a good thing. But our service should come as an extension of our seeking of God. Yet in the midst of the hectic service schedules, it’s easy to push our personal time of sitting before and seeking God to back of our lists.
And when those lists crowd out those alone times with God, it has a way of sapping our strength, enthusiasm and productivity. Doing the work of God doesn’t equal knowing God. And it’s the knowing of Him that makes the difference in our lives—not just what we do.
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles. Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers! Matthew 7:22-23 (NIV)
I don’t want to be consumed with performing good acts for God’s only to hear Him proclaim He never knew me in the end.
Could there possibly be some areas that you no longer need to serve? Is your seeking in balance with your service?
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