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“What’s the point of cleaning up everything is going to get destroyed again”. I caught myself saying to my husband after a long day. The fact of the matter is I had been in this mood for a while. Toys were scattered everywhere, laundry was stacked what seemed to be mile high and frankly I did not care. You see I pride myself in not really keeping a spotless house but a neat house. Yet I was a bit discouraged. My husband being the silent man that he is of course never said anything as he noticed I was letting things go. Maybe he thought I was cure from the need of having everything just so before I went to bed or it could be that he just thought it was best not to say anything. Yet when I uttered those words to him he knew that was his turn to speak up. What he said however floored me. Instead of lecturing me he just simply said ” are you serving with a servant’s heart?” I think you could have heard a needle drop. He had a point. I had lost my focus. I don’t tend to my children because I have to, I don’t clean my home because it just has to be done and I don’t do anything else I do because I have to. I do all these things because they are pleasing to God. Yet at some point I had forgotten that. I had allowed myself to get so overwhelmed with life that I was no longer serving with a servant’s heart. Instead I was doing so because well who else is going to do it.
It is so easy to to forget our main focus for doing things. Way to easy in fact. It is easy to get in a funk and feel as though really there is no point. This my friends is not from God. This in fact is the devil planting the seed of doubt when we are the most vulnerable. When we start looking at tending to our children as a chore instead of a privilege that is a huge problem, when making time to care for our husband’s needs seem to be a burden this is not good and when we look at our home as just an energy sucker again things are just not adding up. You see I fully believe that caring for our families are one of our biggest ministries. After all for me I have four little adults who will one day go out into the world to do great things. It is up to me to set the example as to what a servant’s heart should truly look like. In fact I falter on this a lot. Our roles in our homes are very important not because they are serving our family but because they are in fact serving God. No God isn’t eating dinner with us but that meal is feeding His future missionaries. My kids could care less if their clothing or surroundings are clean but it does provide a sanitary environment for them to learn of God’s wonders. Yes, there is more to this serving our family with a servant’s heart then we ever seem to think about in the heat of the moment. Luck for me, I have a husband who is willing to remind me of this when I need the extra push.
What About Outside Our Homes?
Outside our homes there is a whole different ball field. You see it is one thing to serve those who you have birthed and nurtured from day one but then it seems to be another thing to serve those who we don’t even know. Yet, this is also very important. Our willingness to serve others is what really gets people’s attention to this whole “Christian thing”. While we are serving this is the perfect time to spread the gospel about God’s love and it is also a great window to express why we serve others so willingly.
Sadly this is not always what happens. We have people who are serving not because they truly want to but because they may earn brownie points with others. After all who doesn’t love a little pat on the back. I would be lying if I didn’t day I didn’t enjoy hearing others say nice things about me. When we are serving for those reasons however they have a tendency to backfire. People soon enough will see the true colors that are within. You may not mean for them to come out but they will. Even if you don’t get found out by others, you just can not fool God. He knows what is in your heart. He knows when you are serving in a field that He never meant for you to. He knows if you reached out to others because you truly cared for lost souls and those around you because you care. He knows if you are serving for selfish reasons or if you are truly serving because you hunger to.
What Is A Servant’s Heart?
A servant does what is told of them. They do not question the reasons behind it they just do it. To have a servant’s heart it means that you are willing to do what God needs you to do. That you are willing to serve where God needs you to, not where you think it needs to be. It means putting down your complains and simply serving. Now I am not saying this is always easy but it is important. It is a must!!
In order to do this we must be in constant communication with God. Making sure that before we take on responsibilities that this is in fact God wants us to do. We need to make sure we are doing things motive free. Instead desiring to give God all of the glory.
So what is it that you struggle with when it comes to serving with a servant’s heart? Know that I will be praying for you and I would ask that you pray for me as well.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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