“O Lord, renew our spirits and draw our hearts to yourself,
That our work may not be to us a burden, but a delight.
Let us serve you with the spirit of bondage like slaves,
But with freedom and gladness,
Delighting in you and rejoicing in your work,
For Jesus Christ’s sake.” – Benjamin Jenks
When it comes to serving others, it makes a huge difference if we commit ourselves to the tasks out of love or out of bondage. A servant who does the minimum, just to avoid being scolded by their harsh master, is unlikely to go the extra mile for that same person.
However, a servant who knows they are loved and respected by their Lord, will usually go beyond the required limit, just to be a delight to the one who employs them.When we serve Christ, which servant are we? Do we serve out of fear or because we delight in our Saviour?
Living in Grace