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Leadership.8 With Pleasure by Caleb H.
November 17, 2008, 7:11 am
Filed under: Devotions, Leadership

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by Caleb Hancock

Guys, God does not want mere obedience.

If we serve others, and lead others to serve with us, and do it for God’s honor, and yet we do it without joy…we are wrong!

Deuteronomy 28:45 All these curses shall come upon you and pursue you and overtake you till you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that he commanded you. 46 They shall be a sign and a wonder against you and your offspring forever. 47 Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things,”

Now, I submit that although this message was (in its historical context) addressed to Israel, every word of scripture is profitable (2 Tim. 3:16-17) and was written for our instruction. (Romans 15:4)

Therefore, in light of this truth, we should take this passage in Deuteronomy to heart. God was warning his people that they should serve him…with joy! So, as we lead others, we should be joyful!

Men, do you regularly seek to serve others, leading conversations to draw people out and point out God’s grace? Do you seek to serve others practically motivated by the mere fact that you should?

Let’s not spurn God. He doesn’t want simply sacrifices and outward obedience, but heartfelt desire and motivation to serve others joyfully.

And let’s get this straight too. I know that you can hear an exhortation and feel even more condemned. “Golly, not only have I been having to fight to want to serve people in the first place, but now I see that to even come at it from this angle could be sinful! How can I change?”

If this is the thought in your mind, take heart. The obedience and attitudes that God requires, he supplies. Ultimately, your standing before God, your righteousness is only in Christ’s propitionary sacrifice and righteousness imputed to you. And God through scripture exhorts us to be filled with His Spirit, renewed in our minds by His word, and motivated to serve others in that even the Son of man came not to be served, but to serve, and give his life as a ransom for many (including you and me!)

Points of Application:

  • Do you view service as a “grit your teeth and bear it” event? May it never be! Ask forgiveness from God and be motivated by his unmerited favor in Christ to serve others with joy!
  • Ask others, maybe your roommate, accountability partner, or spouse if they knew that you would not react in sinful anger, how would they answer this question: “Do I serve others joyfully, not under compulsion?”
  • Reflect on the gospel daily, and seek to lay down your life in servant-leadership in your family, relationships and church.
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Just wondering, do you think that service out of duty is glorifying to God? Sometimes I don’t want to serve, but I am called to, so I do. And sometimes joy comes from that, sometimes not.

Thoughts?

Comment by Maverick

I often find that joy comes in the process of serving or even afterwards. So, I think we should obey, even if we lack joy, and ask God to give us that joy and fill us with His Spirit.

It’s similar to reading my bible in the morning. Sometimes I don’t feel like it, or have the wrong motives, yet i still do it. It’s amazing how God still meets me, convicts me, and gives me joy while/after I read it. So, i’m going to continue to do it and have faith God will purify my motives.

Comment by bigplew




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