“I’ll do it, but I do not want, or I do not like!” this is what we hear sometimes. People are willing to serve, but they have the wrong attitude. Believe it or not, that will affect the job. Not only the results of the job, the people around, but principally the person performing the job. There are four important attitudes in any kind of service that would change everything.
1. Do it right – The first one is just doing it right. Some people think that if it is for the Lord we do not need to do it right. He will understand. It should be the opposite. If it is for the Lord do the best that you can, even with your limitations. And if you do not know, learn how to do it. The prophet Jeremiah said: “A curse on him who is lax in doing the LORD’s work! Jeremiah 48:10.” You do not need to do the best, you just need to do your best.
2. Do not complain – The second thing is to avoid grumbling while serving. Some people, because they do not like the job or they do not want to do it, they just complain. Other people, just a few, thank God, complain because they know how to do it, and they treat the others like incompetents. The apostle Paul has this to say: “Do everything without complaining or arguing, Philippians 2:14.” Complaining will contaminate the work with bitterness. Avoid that at any cost.
3. Do it with all your heart – The third attitude for serving is to do it with all our heart. That means put your soul, energy, thoughts, and will in it. We we serve the Lord and His church, and we should do it with everything that we have. This is what Paul asked the Colossians: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart Colossians 3:23.” Do it with love. It does not matter if you will be compensated or not. You will do it because you love, and not because you will gain something from it.
4. Do it for God – The fourth attitude is the most important one. When we serve or do something for someone or for the church, sometimes we do it not for those who need. Sometimes we do it for ourselves, or our family. I hear many parents volunteering for youth program, because of their kids. That is not wrong, but there is an ultimate reason for doing things in the church. We do it for God. We are serving Him. This is why we work, and dedicate our lives. Paul said this to the Corinthians: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1Corinthians 10:31.” God, our Lord and Savior, is our main reason to serve. Everything that we do should be done for Him, as an attitude of worship and gratitude for everything that He has done for us.
Have a blessed week,