In my last post, I looked at 12 ways we actually be serving sinfully. This time I want to look at seven ways we can know when our serving is God-glorifying (I used “sanctified” in the title to keep it alliterative, but that might be a bit of a stretch).
Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.“
All Christians are called to serve, for the good of each other and for glory of God. And when we serve, God uses it to both form us more and more into His likeness (the sanctifying part of service), and to draw others to Him (see Matthew 5:16).
Here are seven signs that indicate we are doing the works that Christ has prepared for us:
1. We are energized by it.
2. We are fulfilled by it.
3. We have joy because of it.
4. We can see the good coming from it.
5. We are drawn closer to Jesus through it.
6. Our family is supportive of it.
7. When it’s part of a balanced life, including ample rest.
Having said all that, it doesn’t mean we won’t ever get frustrated, or tired, or daunted by our serving, but those feelings won’t be the norm. And in the end, even when our serving is God-glorying we still need to be depending on His strength to be doing it.
As you serve, may you know the goodness and love of Christ more and more through it!