“…serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind” 1 Chronicles 28.9
We are all called to serve God, but phrases like ‘wholehearted devotion’ can sound a little daunting! However, one aspect of the word ‘wholehearted’ is summed up in the phrase that follows it - ‘a willing mind’. Serving God is not just about what we do, but about what we want to do - what our hearts are yearning to do.
It is so easy for Christians to feel guilty because there is always more that we could be doing! The area worth exploring is what do our hearts yearn to do for the Lord, and what is it that is keeping us back from doing it?
The things our hearts ‘yearn’ to do is probably another way of phrasing ‘vision’, since this is God’s vision for us. Since our heart yearns for it, we are willing and all that needs adding to this is the concept of ‘serving’. In other words, how are we going to put it into practice? A common mistake that many of us make is to expect God to bring about the things he lays on our hearts, but perhaps he has laid them on us so that we can bring them about.
“Serve him … with a willing mind”: what do you want to do for God and how are you going to go about it?
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission