Psalms 100:2-3 (KJV) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Gerald knew that he was called to serve the Lord, but he observed that his work for the Lord was not very fruitful. He had friends who were more fruitful and effective than him. He was not comparing himself with them, but he understood that his lack of fruitfulness was not God’s plan for him, so he decided to humble himself and learn from them.
After spending some time with one of them, one of the things he observed was that unlike him, his friend was very positive and joyful in his approach to serving the Lord. The three days they spent together, he never heard him complain about anything but only giving thanks. He also observed that his friend was a very positive person who always had a way of seeing the good in people and situations.
As Gerald meditated on the differences between his approach to ministry and that of his friend, the Lord revealed to him that his service was not fruitful because he was not serving with gladness but grudgingly with complaints and without the joy of the Lord. Joy is a catalyst for divine prosperity and strength (Isaiah 12:3).
The Lord does not give us commandments to do things that we would do naturally. The reason why He tells us to serve Him with gladness is that the natural tendency of man is to serve as a chore. It becomes incumbent upon us to discipline ourselves to rejoice in the Lord always and determine to fill our hearts with only things that are of a good report so that we can serve the Lord with joy in our hearts.
Go into today remembering that the way to serve the Lord acceptably is with a cheerful heart. Even in the midst of tribulation, our Lord commands us to be of good cheer because He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
Prayer: Lord, help me learn the discipline of focusing on what is good and being thankful always. Deliver me from the temptation of always complaining and criticizing. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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