“Serve the Lord with gladness…” (Psalm 100:2a).
Many Christians serve the Lord with a strong sense of duty because it is the right thing to do. We feel it is our responsibility and our obligation to be busy working for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. In our best moments we remember that serving is a way of acknowledging our love for Him. However, real happiness and joy in service to Jesus is rare. Too often we toil for God without the kind of gladness prescribed in Psalm 100.
This is not such a surprise, but you may be surprised by the reason. When we do not enjoy serving the Lord, it is a reflection of unbelief in our lives. If we truly grasp the graciousness of God and the incredible goodness He has shown us in Christ Jesus, then it will be impossible for us to serve Him without gladness of heart. When we are fully aware of the great eternal danger our souls were in without the Savior and the glorious home in heaven that awaits us, then we would more readily understand the exhortation of the apostle to “count it all joy… when you meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2). If we truly believe in our salvation, then we will serve with unceasing joy!
Remember what you believe and serve the Lord with gladness!