In her latest book, “Be Still and Know,” noted Christian speaker and author, Julie Rayburn, reflects on the message of St. Paul to the Colossians (3:23-24) “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…..it is the Lord you are serving.” Her refection is one that inspires and fully deserves our contemplation:
“The Pharisees were the religious leaders in Jesus’ day. They were notorious for outward acts to impress others, yet their hearts were far from God. Jesus admonished them and accused them of being like white-washed tombs – beautiful on the outside, but full of dead men’s bones. The Pharisees were motivated by man’s praise, not God’s approval. Jesus called them hypocrites.
When we examine our motives for serving others, what is revealed? Do we serve in order to feel better about ourselves or to have others think more highly of us? Are we called by “duty” or obligation? Do we secretly want to be admired for our generosity? Jesus came to humbly serve, not to be served. He had no hidden agenda. His motives were pure. Love and love alone compelled Him to lay down His life for others. When we serve with the same attitude, we demonstrate to a watching world what true love looks like. Serve others in Jesus’ name.”
“Dear Lord, help me serve others with Your attitude and with the strength that You provide. May I desire to seek your approval alone. May love compel me to serve others in your name. Amen.”