This week, we launch a series on “God’s Heart for Service”. Our Bible text will be Isaiah 58.
This is very challenging passage that asks us to consider our worship of God as “incomplete” until we meet the physical needs of the world around us.
For some of us, the common response is to take these admonitions to serve the needy, and add them to our already overcommitted lives. From experience, we recognize that this simply won’t work.
Somewhere down the road, we reach acknowledgment of our failure to successfully add one more thing to our crowded lives. At that point, we try to soothe our guilt by pointing to the fact that at least service was “on our list”, even if we didn’t get to it.
Or, we throw up our hands in failure, growing calluses on the part of our hearts that echoes God’s calling for us to be our brother’s keeper.
And I am sadly aware that this weekend’s challenging message introducing a message series on “God’s Heart for Service” could trigger another painful cycle of “guilt-overcommitment-failure”.
But there’s good news…it doesn’t have to be that way!
What if God is not asking us to serve harder, but to serve lighter?
What if the real point of service is that its not about me?
What if the problem is not a lack of effort on our part to serve effectively, but rather the problem is that we are trying too hard?
What if my job is not to change the situation, but to lift up God in the situation?
In short, what is preventing us from stepping out of the way and let God do the heavy lifting?
This weekend, we explore the God who wants to bless the world through us. And who wants us to actually do more in our service by walking through life lighter, not harder. After all, Jesus says “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”.
What do you think? Leave a comment below.
And come join us this Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT with a challenging message called “Don’t serve harder. Serve lighter!”.