At the Core of Serving

Our walk with God is a critical component of serving.  It is at the core.

When referring to our walk with God, we are not just talking about what we do but also our hearts.  If we struggle in our walk, our ministry will not reach its potential effectiveness.

Chief is to love the Lord and then to love others (Matt. 22:36-40).  Everything else we do pales next to that.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.  (1 Cor. 13:1-3)

The use of our spiritual gifts needs to flow out of our love relationship and walk with Him for apart from Him, we can do nothing (Jn. 15:5).  Jesus spoke those words in the context of abiding in Him.

That is why in a site about equipping believers for ministry, I found it important to not only deal with spiritual gifts and ministry areas/issues but also to emphasize our walk with God.

To this end, you will find resources on various aspects of our walk with Him. And you can benefit from the Walk the Walk Devotional series.

Walk the Walk Devotionals Download Bundle
Walk the Walk Devotionals Download Bundle

The first Walk devotional I wrote extends the invitation, Let’s Walk the Walk, giving a more general presentation of what it is to walk the walk.

Walk in Wisdom let’s us know that we do need to be careful, discerning, and alert as we walk with Him through life.

Walk as Those Who Have Gone Before provides models, or examples, to show us how.

And, Walk Even When It Hurts reminds us that God provides what we need to keeping walking even when life is hard.

Are you nurturing your walk with God?  To maintain life and energy in serving and not just get the job done …  to be spiritually effective and not just productive …. you must guard your walk with Him!

3 Replies to “At the Core of Serving”

  1. I am doing research on the effects of outreach (service) on the Christian outreach worker- how is the Serv-er transformed? I would like your thoughts.

    • To be sure, our primary focus in serving should be on what we give out rather than what we get. Yet, there are many byproducts or blessings that do come from serving, particularly when we serve for the right reasons and from an undivided heart devoted to Him. The transformation for the Server is often what happens inside. Here are a few things I can think of:

      >>When we see His power at work through us, it builds a confidence in us. We find ourselves then doing things we would never have imagined ourselves doing.

      >>When we know we have made an eternal difference because of serving, we have a renewed sense of purpose in life. This can bring a joy and passion to life we might not otherwise experience.

      >>When we know we have been faithful stewards of what He has given us through serving in the strength He provides, we can be at peace within ourselves knowing all is well and so we experience a contentment.

      Can anybody add to this list?

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