About service not selfishness…

“But if you have yielded to God and you have this nagging desire within you that just won’t go away, then most likely it’s from him.  And if it is, then he has a way that you can live it out that isn’t about selfishness but instead is about service.”

From my morning readings in “You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream”, by Holley Gerth.

Van Fleet Rose by Carmen CS

Van Fleet Rose, a photo by Carmen CS on Flickr.  Used under Creative Commons Attribution License.

We need to be careful to do God’s will, not our will and desire.  But often he has made us for our dream, and so it is delightful to us.  The trick is to see how our desires serve his will and his people, vs. how they can be twisted into selfishness.  I serve joyfully with my God-given talents and skills.

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One thought on “About service not selfishness…

  1. rhekelley says:

    Years ago, I heard a wonderful tape of Josh MacDowell on “finding” the will of God. He said after you pray to God, consult Scripture and seek the counsel of people who know Him, you should just “Do what you want to do.”

    So often we get wrapped up in “Shoulds” and “Oughts” and forget how God has given us our talents and personalities, and that He delights in us being “us.” So we agonize over whether something is His Will or not instead of trying to move forward and see what happens.

    “The trick is to see how our desires serve His will and His people….” I agree, but for me personally, I need to remember that sometimes, sitting quietly stitching with no other purpose in mind but quietude and rest certainly can be His will for me. I don’t always have to be Doing or see immediate results from my service, which is a trap I fall into far to often and easily.

    I’m looking forward to reading Holley Gerth’s book. You are posting (as usual (:>) ) some gems!

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