Serving in Church programs has become a part of many Christians who find joy and satisfaction in doing it. It can help a person grow in his/her skills and abilities to do what they are doing, and it can keep the members in the church when they feel like they are doing something important. Yes, Serving is an act of worship. There are many good reasons why people should serve in their local churches. In fact, the Bible does encourage the service of at least every member of a local church to contribute in serving each other.
While there’s nothing wrong with that, I have sometimes come to ask myself the question, “Why am I serving? Why do I want to do this?” What is the motive or desire behind what I am doing? Any person can serve. But there is a great difference between:
1. What we do,
2. Why we do what we do,
3. And our relationship with God and what we do.
We may be satisfied because we play music in church, collect tithes and offerings or teach a Sunday school class.Service is vital for the effective functioning of a church. However, if it becomes a yardstick that one uses to measure his/her religious condition, or a part of a religious obligation one needs to complete to pass a class in the seminary, there could be a propensity to do it for the sake of the class or something else other than serving God.
Sometimes service can substitute our desire for God. We can be busy serving that we forget to seek God. “It is possible to do the work of the Lord and not be connected to the Lord of the work (T.D. Jakes).” Dr. Modine, https://www.facebook.com/mitchel.modine?fref=ts in his sermon to the seminary students of APNTS stresses a key point about “Spiritual Muscle Memory;” things that often condition our perception of our service and life with God that could affect our view of the reality.
Whatever, you are doing this week in serving the Lord, may it not substitute your search for God and your desire to know him more. Let whatever you are doing flow out from your relationship with the Lord. Make your relationship with the Lord of the work a priority than the work he had assigned you to partner in.
Finally, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Col 3:16-17, NIV).
A similar article can be found on this link, http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/jarrid-wilson/serving-isn-t-enough.html.