“Serve With a Willing and Eager Heart””
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them---not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 1 Peter 5:2-4
I realize that these verses of Scripture are intended for pastors or the UNDERSHEPHERDS. However, as I was reading these verses, a little voice spoke to me, and this is what it said: “Wouldn’t it be AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL if ALL of God’s BORN-AGAIN CHILDREN, followed these instructions, in their SERVICE to Him. Can you imagine what an AWESOME IMPACT that would make on this SIN-SICK, WICKED WORLD?”
We may not be called to be a PASTOR or to shepherd one of God’s flocks, but we are CALLED to be a SERVANT of the LIVING GOD. One who SHOULD BE WILLING to server God with a TRUE SERVANT’S HEART. Not one who is SERVING with a SELFISH HEART, and says, in so many words, “What’s in it for ME?” They SHOULD BE EAGER to SERVE, and NOT be EGOTISTICAL, LORDING over others, who might be NEW in their FAITH. We, who are God’s TRUE CHILDREN, must be an EXAMPLE to those that God entrusts us with. We MUST NOT BE a STUMBLING BLOCK.
We MUST PRAY, ENCOURAGE, TEACH, and SET the EXAMPLE before them. And do it with a WILLING and EAGER HEART. Our ATTITUDE NEEDS to be one of LOVE and COMPASSION. The problem being is that MANY prefer to be the recipient of the SERVICE and NOT the SERVANT. Where is your station, in your relationship with God? Are you SERVING Him WILLINGLY, and with an EAGER HEART? Or are you waiting for someone to be YOUR SERVANT? Do you have an UNLOVING ATTITUDE? What is your TRUE MOTIVE for SERVING God?
Peter tells us that if the ones who SHEPHERD God’s flocks like they SHOULD, when the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ, returns they will receive the Crown of GLORY that will NEVER FADE AWAY. Where does your TRUE ALLEGIANCE LIE, with God? Or with your OWN SELFISH SCHEMES?
If you are MORE concerned with what you can GAIN than your SERVICE to the ALMIGHTY GOD, then you MAY NEED to check your SALVATION. In order to have a TRUE SALVATION EXPERIENCE you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. Then you MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and SERVE HIM with a WILLING and EAGER HEART, and become a TRUE SERVANT of the LIVING GOD. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!