Who are you serving?

The shadows from the clouds painted different shapes on the lush green mountains in the valleys below. The light breeze mixed with the sounds of summer; children playing, dogs barking, and the snap of a kite overhead. The view was clear and panoramic. My wife and I were doing something we seldom make time for, a hike to Max Patch on the NC/TN line. It was our anniversary and, as we often do, (when we actually make some time to sit and think) we were reflecting on life, our commitments, our schedules, and how we use our time.

There are many verses in the Bible that encourage us to serve one another. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms,”  (1 Peter 4:10 NIV) or “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith,” (Galatians 6:10ESV).

Serving has always been important to us and we do it because we care, but I’ve noticed that if I am not careful I will sometimes lose sight of who I am actually serving. It’s not about a church, or a ministry, or a small group, it’s about serving the Lord. Not for recognition, power, and not for a place at the head of the table. The Master we are serving should be Christ.

How about you? Is your life full of commitments and service to others, or is serving something you leave for others to do? When you serve is it so that others will “see” and be impressed by your commitment, or is it truly from your heart and for the Lord?

Let us remember to, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ,”  (Colossians 3:23-24 NLT).