Developing A Personal Spiritual Growth Plan-Service

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We could also call this ministry. Serving or ministry is not something that is reserved for a select few. All believers are meant to serve or be involved in ministry. When God saves us, He saves us to serve (Eph 2:8-10). One truth that flows from this is that there are all kinds of ways to serve. There are ways that are public that everyone sees. Then there are private ways to serve that no one knows about. Regardless of how we serve, there are important characteristics that should be a part of our service.

Service Should Be Motivated By Obedience.  “You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.” Deuteronomy 13:4 (NKJV) Obedience isn’t the only reason we are to serve the Lord but we cannot understate the importance of serving the Lord simply because serving the Lord is an act of obedience to the Lord.

Service Should Be Motivated By Gratitude. “Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:24 (NKJV) We are to serve the Lord with all our hearts because of all that He’s done for us. This idea is very similar to what Paul wrote.  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1 (NKJV) Why do we give ourselves to God as a living sacrifice? It’s because of all He’s done for us.

 Service Should Be Motivated By Gladness.  “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.” Psalm 100:2 (NKJV) We should be glad to serve the Lord.  “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Psalm 84:10 (NKJV) Serving the Lord should not be a burden for the believer in Jesus Christ. When our service to Christ seems to be a burden, we must recognize that something is wrong.

Service Should Be Motivated By Love. “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13 (NKJV) Our love for Jesus and our love for others motivates us to serve the Lord. The best passage that describes this comes from 2 Corinthians.  “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;  and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NKJV)

My commitment regarding serving:

Here are some tips to ensure that your commitment is truly a commitment that helps you grow in godliness.

Your commitment should be specific. Specific commitments are always better than general commitments. To make commitments specific, they must explain exactly what is expected.

Your commitment should be measurable. The idea here is that if a commitment is not measurable, it is not possible to know whether you are making progress toward successful completion. Measuring progress is supposed to help you stay on track and keep your commitment.

Your commitment should be attainable. This stresses the importance of commitments that are realistic and attainable. While an attainable commitment should stretch you in order to achieve it, the commitment is not extreme. The commitment should be challenging but attainable. In the end, unattainable commitment will discourage you and keep you from keeping your commitment.

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