MOTIVATED BY LOVE
SELECTED READING: Matthew 25:36–39 (CSB)
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
One of the most hazardous jobs of the nineteenth century was riding for the Pony Express. In 1860, Bolivar Roberts, superintendent of the Pony Express, took out an ad for help that read like this: “Wanted—young, skinny, wiry fellows not over 18. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans Preferred.” Additionally, employees were required to take the following oath: “I do hereby swear, before the Great and Living God . . . I will, under no circumstances, use profane language, that I will drink no intoxicating liquors, that I will not quarrel or fight with any other employee of the firm, and that in every respect I will conduct myself honestly, be faithful to my duties, and so direct all my acts as to win the confidence of my employers, so help me God.” Surprisingly, as dangerous and socially restrictive as riding for the Pony Express was, there was never a shortage of riders.
Similarly, serving Christ comes with its own share of obstacles. When we serve God, whether inside the walls of the church or in the community, we are engaging in spiritual warfare. Because of these hardships, many don’t engage.
When we are obedient to what Jesus defines as “the greatest commandment,” we find proper motivation for serving Christ. We serve the ones we love. There are plenty of opportunities at Peavine for us to show our love for God and others through service. Find the areas where God has gifted you to serve and begin employing your gifts and talents for Him. No fuel for service burns longer and provides more energy than love.
PRAYER GUIDE FOR TODAY:
Pray for Pastor Joel and Sherry.
Pray for the staff.
Pray for the church that we would become a church that intentionally serves the community
Pray for yourself that God would direct you toward areas of service that will best fit the gifts He has given you.