Heart Of Service

Zechariah Newman —  October 14, 2014 — 10 Comments

In life we can either live a life of service or one of self-service. I struggle often with actually living a life of service. One that comes from the heart, not just the right actions. Not some mask of service, but authentically serving those I touch in my everyday life. When I am focused on my wants and desires I struggle with depression. Thoughts of self-service succumb to self-pity. Why me? Why is everything hard for me? I do the right thing and never get a good result! These are some of the negative thoughts I have when I focus on my life instead of living a life for others. At the time it feels like the truth although it is the furthest thing from the actual truth.

Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

When we focus our lives on helping and serving, we will be fulfilled. However, when we focus on when we will get a harvest, we will be depressed and frustrated. Our eyes have fallen on our wants and fixated on the negative things in life. I could spend ten minutes telling you how blessed I am. I could also spend ten minutes telling you why my life sucks. Sometimes in the same hour. It is all about where we choose to focus.

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Zig Zigglar has a great quote. It says, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” I love this quote. I have one issue with it though that has led me astray. If in our hearts we are helping others to fulfill our wants, it will not work.

Studying Zigglar’s work, I believe he was exhorting us to get our minds off of ourselves and on serving others. This will lead to success! Only when we lay down our wants do we actually receive our true desires. Unfortunately, I at times have manipulated others; helping them with the intent to get what I want. The problem is then I am unconsciously or consciously still fixated on myself.

This week let’s be proactive in helping others. Let’s detach the strings that we put on “favors.” Serve just to serve. Sow seeds of love, peace and joy into others by focusing on the cross and God’s love for you. Love because Christ loved, serve because Christ served. Be the light that believers are called to. Use your dream that God put into you to serve and that after all is why He gave it to you to strengthen and exhort the body. Be blessed on your journey.

How do you focus your life into being one of service?

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  • Great post my brother.

  • Zech, great post. I make sure that I always remain humble and have a life of service by constantly having people remind me its not about me but about God. We need that constant reminder or else we get caught up in the world.

    • Thanks Lincoln. A support system is so needed. That is why we gather as a body. I know you are active in your small group. Way to live it out 🙂

  • To focus my life on one of service, I try to focus on doing things in the areas where I feel God has given me talents and abilities. I feel like I’m most effective here and able to make the best impact. It’s not that I’m unwilling to go outside of this, but I feel like spending my time that way is more fulfilling and impactful.

    • So true Kari! Thanks or adding that:)

    • Totally agree Kari. Thanks for adding that. We are made for a reason and if we don’t operate in that we are robbing others.

  • That Zig quote is one of my favorite quotes and one I try to live by. Servant leadership wins every time. Great post Zech!

    • Yes it does Dan:) You live this quote out for sure! Thanks for commenting.

      • It’s a powerful one! Your welcome.