If you really get to know me, something you will figure out is that I like to give and I like to serve. Sometimes it is my biggest strength, as well as my biggest weakness… But I make no excuses for being myself. If I believe in a cause or ministry, I will do what I can to help. I don’t give to get anything back and I don’t serve for a pat on the back. I actually despise being the center of attention. I like to see others succeed and I like to see people get what they need or want.
So, why am I telling you all of this? I guess it is partly a motivation check and just something I have been thinking about lately.
Why do people serve? Why do people give? Are motivations truly genuine? In the Church Culture of today, how much does pride play a part in why people do what they do, and how much of it is the leading of the Holy Spirit? Do people give out of obligation or out of an act of worship? And by giving, that could be monetary, time, etc….
I was told once, ” the need does not constitute the call.” Just because there is a need that needs to be filled, does not mean that you need to fill it. But, do we (as a Church) guilt people into serving, serve because we want to please God or others, do we give and serve out of habit? Do we give and serve to get something back or so that we think we will be “blessed” because we gave?
Philippians 2:1-11 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
God has gifted each person specifically and specially. Opportunities are all around to serve with the gift of each person. If someone has to “talk you into” serving, then maybe that is not what you are being called to do. And something that I have learned is that I can do nothing to earn God’s love. He freely gives it. He loves me, unconditionally, not for what I can and will do, but loves me in-spite of me. Because I mess up… often. And I do not deserve any love or even like from a Holy God. But I am thankful He loves me anyway… And He uses me anyway…. My prayer is that my service, my giving is always centered on bringing Glory to HIM and HIM alone.
God does not owe me anything… not even a thank you…. It’s not about you and me.