Not Ordinary Service


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Whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies.

1 Peter 4:11

I love my church ministry. In the many years that I’ve been a member, God has blessed me with many beautiful experiences. I’ve been a Bible teacher for women and children, Christian curriculum writer, women’s speaker, prayer intercessor, a greeter and usher as well as participated in many service opportunities in our community. Even though it gets hard at times, I appreciate being stretched in my faith when we are asked to give towards the kingdom of God. Yet, even with all these wonderful things, I felt myself falling into a slump.

I was beginning to dread coming to church because I felt spiritually, emotionally, and physically drained. My service to God was becoming a list of dos and don’ts—sometimes I just barely pressed myself into church. Even though the worship, preaching, and service did bring some resurrection to my depletion—I still struggled.

But then one day I heard a word from a preacher on the radio. She talked about how God said Abraham was His servant. Abraham’s legacy is his faith in God when he had nothing else left. Yet, he was a servant of God first. He served and followed God when he didn’t even know where he was going. I realized then that I wanted to also be a servant of God with all my heart and not go through the motions.

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When my thinking shifted, I became more aware of opportunities to serve God’s people as His servant. While they may benefit from my service, my focus is completely directed towards God who sees everything and rewards those who serve Him. Whatever we do for the Lord, it’s not ordinary service, but opportunities to become faithful servants of God.


Dear Lord, I pray for the strength and wisdom to serve You will with all of my heart, soul, and mind. Redeem me from the thoughts that pull me away from Your purposes. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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