Summary: What is delight for you?
What is delight for you?
How much of ourselves do we want to surrender to our Lord Jesus Christ? I’ve always questioned myself about my abilities; my aptitude and heart to serve. It is only later that I realized how unimportant our abilities are in giving glory to the Highest. As long as we serve with that great pleasure in our heart, we are at the top of our ministry. In the first place, our service to God should not be measured, because if we are to compare how much He has done for us, our lives are not enough.
Imagining the Psalmist who is speaking and exalting the Lord in Psalms 119: 35, which is “Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it,” it feels like he is surrendering his whole life to God and asking him to give more load because he is very zealous with his ministry for God. Are we also like him?
As of this moment, I may not be like the Psalmist, but my heart is yearning and screaming with all my love for the Lord. I want to serve Him and give Him all the glory there is I have in me. Looking into the verse from Psalm 100: 2 which is “Serve the Lord with Gladness,” I know in my heart that He is definitely showering me with all the joy I could ever receive to prepare me in my mission in life. For the longest time, I’ve been at war with myself, and after meeting all the wonderful people I have now mentoring me with my leadership, little by little, God spoke unto me what He wants me to be. I may not be seeing it wholly now, but I am now about to get there.
This week challenged me to focus more. I am blessed that this topic gave me more realizations about serving Him without any doubts and fears.
Two Perspectives in Following the Lord
There are two perspectives on following the Lord; one is seeing it as an obligation, and the other is looking at it as a privilege The former is considering the commands as a rule or a peace from knowing that you are doing the will of God. The latter is acknowledging the awe you have in your soul of serving God. Both are pleasing to the Lord, but I prefer the latter than the former.
In Jeremiah 17: 9, it is written that “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” How many of us can say that we are living our purpose? The joint force of our heart and mind is too powerful, that we can even convince ourselves to think otherwise of the bigger plan of God. I’ve doubted myself a couple of times, and even worried about my capabilities as a leader. But I’m absolutely blessed because deep in my heart, I’ve got my aspirations of serving the Lord without any hesitations.
Stop believing that you are not good enough to do anything. Start thinking of ways on how to take step one before even backing off and letting yourself down. Sometimes our hearts make us believe that we are nothing. All you have to do is take control.
3 Common Pitfalls
Today, I would love to share 3 common pitfalls that hinder Christians from serving with delight. This is a wake up call to all of us; that the moment we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have acknowledged our obligations to serve Him wholeheartedly.
Let’s look into these 3 common pitfalls. There may be other pitfalls, but these will definitely ring a bell.
1. You don’t know what delight means. And because of this, your delight is sub-standard. When we read the word delight, what comes to mind? To have fun? To smile? Delight is not simple happiness; it is great pleasure.
Sometimes, we are led to believe that as long as we are serving, delight is reflected in us. The greatest commandment which is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and soul must be the real sign of our extreme happiness in serving. Does our sub-standard belief of serving sound anything close to the standard of loving and serving the psalmist was talking about? How is your attitude? How are your priorities? Are you counting the cost? Or are we like Paul when he said in Philippians 3:8?
2. You delight but with the wrong purpose. Sometimes we serve because we've already signed up and it is what is expected of us. Often times we fear being judged by our peers, most of the times, we feel it as work or obligation. Sometimes, we sign-up because it is what God says in his Bible; that we are to serve one another and it is what "Saved" Christians should do.