Summary: There are misconceptions that if anyone decided to serve God, he should be prepared to live a boring life. On the contrary, a life spends in sinful pleasures of the world usually end up in misery. There are 5 elements to enjoy Christian service
HOW TO FIND GLADNESS IN SERVING GOD
Psa 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.
There are misconceptions that if anyone decided to serve God, he should be prepared to live a sad and boring life. Serving God is a great privilege and must be rendered with excitement and enthusiasm. Our sacrifice and self denial to sinful life actually lead us to a blissful and enjoyable life. On the contrary, a life spends in worldly and sinful pleasures of the world usually end up in misery.
To be joyfully and happily serving God, people must have these 5 elements to enjoy Christian service.
I - YOU MUST HAVE FAITH IN A PERSONAL GOD
The happiest people in the world is not the wealthy or famous, not the scientist or men of high positions. Happy people are those who found their hope in God not only for this world but including the world beyond.
Faith is the source of strength and joy
1Pe 1:6 So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while.
1Pe 1:7 These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold-and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
1Pe 1:8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him, you trust him; and even now you are happy with a glorious, inexpressible joy.
1Pe 1:9 Your reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls
Faith is God’s requirement for us
eu 10:12 "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
II - YOU MUST BELONG TO A CHURCH GROUP
From the very beginning God understand that "It is not good for the man to be alone. (Gen 2:18) We can live in paradise full of provisions, but we can never be happy if we are living in isolation. For this reason that God created family, church and community where in we can contribute our ability and feel that our lives matter not only for ourselves but for others.
Unity with other people creates joy and gladness that the writer of Psalms said:
Unity in worship
Psa 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD."
Unity in service
Zep 3:9 "For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him with one accord.
Unity of the Spirit
Eph 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Unity in love
Col 3:14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
III - YOU MUST EXPERIENCE SPIRITUAL GROWTH
To be stagnant is dull and boring, but to be active and happy required growth and development. Service to God can be full of fun and excitement if we keep on growing in the knowledge and experience in God.
Grow in grace and knowledge
2Pe 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever! Amen.
1Pe 2:1-3 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
IV - YOU MUST FIND YOUR SIGNIFICANCE BY SHARING YOUR TALENT AND GIFT
We can also serve God by serving other people. And the best way to serve people is to use our God given specialties. God gave us special gifts to contribute to our community. Happy people are those who found their significance by sharing their gifts and talents for the benefits of others.
Pro 18:16 A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.
There are no useless parts. Every members are important in the Body of Christ
Rom 12:4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,
Rom 12:5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.