The Expectation of Service

The Expectation of Service

I originally drafted this as  devotional for our Premier Designs Jewelry group but it applies to all aspects of our life and therefore I want to share with you all!

 

The Expectation of Service
Brandi Harris

You, my brothers, were called to be free, but do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13

We speak frequently about service but why is it so important? Can’t we just do the bare minimum and get by? Sure you might be able to but are you then really serving from the heart or from the right motives?  It is important that we talk about salvation in the discussion regarding service for several reasons. I want to know that each of you  has heard that if you have not made Christ the Lord of your life, your ultimate boss that you can. Maybe you have even said at one point that you believed in the Lord but your life doesn’t or hasn’t mirrored that. I urge you to talk to someone in your life that you trust, that you know is a Christian and figure out for yourself what Christ has in store for you and what His word says about who you are in Christ. Your level of willingness to serve others is a direct reflection of your heart. We must serve out of a desire to truly ensure others needs are placed above our own. Not for selfish gain. We also shouldn’t give the appearance that we are serving for their benefit but selfishly only concerned about how it will help us in the long run. Love God and Love People, we have all heard that right and that is what I am referring too. When we serve others out of our desire to be obedient to the Lord and to place others as more important than ourselves, then God will bless us beyond what we can imagine. When you are serving with the right motives, you will see new opportunities to serve, you will be open to the Lord’s quiet or sometimes very loud urging of you. As a Christian, you are held to a higher standard.

God expects you to behave like you have been saved in all you do. “A saved heart is a one that wants to serve”– Rick Warren

So if God has saved you, you have been called to serve in some way according to your gifts. But what happens when you are called to serve outside of your particular gift. We are to respond with a willing heart. A heart that desires to be obedient, to learn, and to meet the needs of others. Just because something is not what your used to doing doesn’t give us an excuse not to do it. I can remember when I was working in a full-time job. I remember saying something that got me in the most hot water I can remember in my career. I was young and had to learn but in a meeting I was asked if I did a particular task and my response was “ that’s not my job” Oh goodness was that the wrong thing to say!! Some were mad but one came along side me and showed me that everything is my job. There is nothing outside my area. A lot of this was based on my immaturity, being straight out of college and very green in the professional world but it wasn’t long before I realized that it wasn’t about me. It wasn’t about the fact that it wasn’t really my job to do that or that it was going to cause me hours more work. It was about whether I was willing to serve others, those who didn’t do their job and those I worked with and for. When we understand that our Life is about God and not about ourselves we are set free from expectations. We are free to give our best, to love others well and to let God do the rest.

Still Small Voice of God

Still Small Voice of God

Wow! It has been so long since I have shared with my readers and I know that I had promised to be more involved. We have had some major things going on in our life lately which I am sure all of you have as well. Just a to bring  you up to speed we have been building our Tiny House. We are now moved into it after only living with family for a short three months. We could have never imagined that it would have happened that quickly and it wouldn’t if it had not been for the support of family, friends, and even some people who do not know us at all. But we are so incredibly grateful and can not thank you all enough for your contributions to our family home, our family time, our sense of comfort and peace, and just the overall reminder of the goodness of others and of the Lord.

Amidst this crazy part of our life, we received a job offer in Colorado. And we genuinely considered it as a good move for our family. We went for an interview, toured the place, and prayed so intently on what God would have us do. It took us being very in tune with his voice to know where he wanted us. There were so many things that pointed us to moving but in the end we felt confident the Lord wanted us to stay right where we are. He has work for us to do here individually and as a family. However, I firmly believe that he was testing us, pushing to see how far we would go in our obedience to him and we were obedient. We followed every step he placed in front of us and then were obedient when he resolved in our hearts that now is not the time. But we are better prepared to be obedient when the Lord tells the Harris family to go. We are prepared to follow the Lord where ever he will take us and serve in how ever he would have us serve. But if we ever get too far away from his word in our life we will have a much harder time recognizing the voice of God.

So the take away for today is stay in God’s word, be obedient, and listen for his voice when he directs your steps.

The Swells of Life

The Swells of Life

Do you ever imagine that you’re in a boat and the waves are tossing and throwing you all around? And it seems like you will never get steered in the right direction much less get your feet back on solid ground. I have been feeling this way a lot lately and in the spirit of transparency I want to share that with you all. But in sharing also want to share with you how we continue to allow God to be the Lord of our lives even during what appears to be like never-ending chaos.

We have had some very large waves over the last few months. We are currently living with family while we finish building our Tiny House. This is a change for our little family of four because we are used to it just being us. We are grateful for all the support we have received from our family and those that love us. Building a house also presents its own set of stresses. There are decisions to be made and big purchases to be made both of which sometimes feel draining to us. We have recently started back to school and all our ministry involvement is in full swing. Jarred is working from early morning until late in the evening, many nights not even getting home before the boys go to bed. My grandmother is on hospice care and that has been really rough on my family.

These are all the things that stress me right now. These are all the things that make me feel as thought I might lose my mind! Yet this I recall to mind, you died Lord! You did not die for this to be our focus. You died so that we can proclaim the Gospel and share your truths with others. We are doing that amongst the stresses of life and that is amazing. We have the opportunity to help others begin a healing process in their lives that will allow them to never be the same. That is beyond amazing. We continue to teach our own children what we believe is important from scripture and we take the time to serve alongside others.

We have choices when the swells of life come crashing at our door and threaten to take us out. We can either allow them to take us out and zap every thing in us. Or we can rely on the promises of the Lord and the Power of Christ and step out of the boat onto those crashing waves with our eyes fixed on Jesus. My challenge to you this week is that you allow your self to be so focused on Christ that all the other distractions of this life that crash upon you will not get you wet, will not knock you down and instead will be the fuel you need to keep focusing on Christ all the more.