Today’s God Calling message reminds me that to be a citizen of heaven, to be a child of God and to love God, is to serve. There’s a saying: God is love in action and love is God in action-
There’s a statement in this message that caught my attention. It is about serving even in rest. Naturally, I had to ask, “How does one serve God and others in rest?” I thought about my attitudes, my thoughts and my conversations with and about others in my “unoccupied” time. That word “unoccupied” jumped at me. I can either be “occupied” by love, or by negative, nasty and unloving thoughts and attitudes. I thought about some so-called “leisure” activities I’ve participated in. There have been times when I certainly wasn’t serving God with or in them.
When we’re copping attitudes toward people and spending time grumbling in anger, resentment, envy and strife, we’re not serving God. We’re not serving the people that those things are directed at. We’re not even serving ourselves. Oh, we are serving our selfishness, but we’re not serving ourselves. We aren’t getting any rest! We’re seething and percolating with those attitudes and thoughts. We are serving those resentments; that anger and envy. We’re serving the stupidity of our human nature, our flesh. The bible tells us to focus on what’s lovely, good and worthy of praise-positive things. We reap what we sow, and when we spend our time grumbling and nursing bad attitudes, we’re depositing those things as seed into our own spirits. Wouldn’t it be just as easy to pray for those people to be blessed? Wouldn’t it be just as easy to thank God for all the blessings in our lives?
The conversations we have are another issue. God encourages us to socialize; to fellowship and enjoy each other’s companionship. But God frowns on idle gossip and backbiting. While we do, as believers, need to communicate with one another about our needs, we do not need to criticize and judge. In fact, we are expressly told not to criticize and judge. We are told to admonish one another in gentleness and love. We are to pray for each other. Love doesn’t rejoice in evil but in good and righteousness. We are supposed to encourage one another and build each other up.
This message encourages me to check my attitudes, thoughts, etc., and ask myself, “Whom am I serving with or in this?” “What’s in my heart?”