As Christians we know that whatever
we do in or outside the church is ultimately for the Lord. However, we may have
trouble identifying whether our attitudes or motives are correct. How can we
determine if our hearts are in the right place when serving Him?
Oftentimes we reflect on the
negative parts of our servitude rather than the parts that were done well. This
may be out of humility, a fear of pride, or even self-deprecation. Whether it
was a wrong note played on the piano or a word translated wrong, there is
always something critical we can say about ourselves.
Although we are taught to be
humble, there is a fine line between humility and self-deprecation, as well as confidence
and pride. Since self-deprecation tends to be very self-focused, it can be a
hidden form of pride, which can become manipulative if we end up using it as a
means to avoid responsibility or to seek attention. Humility however, brings us
joy in servitude and allows us to glorify God while still being able to carry
out the work in a confident manner.
In my own servitude, I was always
fearful of playing piano for the church because I lacked confidence in my
ability. But after realizing that humility meant playing through the mistakes
with confidence and simply finding joy in the Lord, I changed my attitude and
heart toward this area of service. No longer did I belittle my abilities;
instead I used them to serve the Lord.
“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your
‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” (Mt
As this verse says, let us be
honest with ourselves. If we know we’ve done well in our service, let us not
contemplate whether or not it was carried out well. It is true that there is
always something we can improve upon, but to be joyful in knowing that we have
done well is just as important—as long as we do not become complacent or store
Since our hearts are more
important than our abilities, let us examine ourselves so we can understand our
hearts better when we serve. When we know that our hearts are in the right
place, then we can wholly give thanks to God after we have completed our work
When reflecting on your own servitude, do you tend to look at what was
done well or only at what was flawed?
Have there been times when you know you have served well but are
unwilling to accept it? If so, why?