Topic: A True Heart of Service
Text: II Samuel 11:6 -13
Written by Priscilla Oyewole
Many times, people come to God seeking benefits and blessings. They claim the blessings of Abraham and shout the loudest amen when a man of God declares over their lives. Yet, this same people are quick to evade any sign of activity and task that requires commitment and dedication.
As sons of God, we must be ready always to serve in our Father’s business – soul winning. We must be eager to serve the body of Christ with our heart, time, money and resources.
Uriah was a man with a true heart for service. He couldn’t imagine giving in to a rapturous state of conjugal pleasures with his wife whilst the Ark of God and the children of Israel were all out in the war front. Even in his drunken state , his actions were constant with his words.
Some would consider Uriah a fool to have missed such good opportunity in a time of war. But Uriah knew what mattered and was ready to give his life for it.
So also, we as New Creation Believers must remember that we are God’s masterpiece created unto good works (Ephesians 2:10). Do not make it a habit to run from activities in your local church. Do not be a sleeping soldier that refuses to stand in his call because of inconvenience and uncertainty.
Always know that it is a privilege to serve God with all we are and have. After all, it is Christ who is now our life(Galatians 2:20). It is an honour to minister in the house of God. Be present, available and committed.
Most importantly, bear in mind that it starts from the heart. What is the position of your heart to service? Is it rebellious or submissive? Present your heart sincerely to the Father and pray Pauline prayers like Colossians 1:9-11, Hebrews 13:20-21. Renew your mind by confessing and meditating on these verses regularly. See service as a priority and a form of thanksgiving to the Father. Do not engage in service to please man or for selfish motives. Rather let it be done with a heart focused on devotion to the Lord.
Serve in your capacity as God requires. Do not compare someone else’s form of service to yours. We are all called into different roles and different graces. Uriah stood in his role in full dedication, so did the servants of David who didn’t go to war. They were also standing in their form of service.
When we all serve, the Church is surely going to expand because all men would be at their duty post. When you serve, you’ll get rooted and grounded in God and you’ll also be sharpened in your call. This way, you’d flourish and grow all the days of your life and even in old age, you’d still bear fruit (Psalm 92:12-15).
Choose to serve God wholeheartedly today.
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