On Easter Sunday, I was feeling weary about serving in the children’s ministry. I talked to God about it that morning. Then, I opened my Bible; and in my assigned reading for the day, I read the verse above Mark 9.37: “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me” (NIV).
God told me through this verse to keep doing it. So I did, but my heart wasn’t in it. I was doing it out of obedience. I went to church. I served. I went to service. It was a great message. At the end of service, I witnessed many people give their hearts to Jesus. I heard a voice in my head asking, “How many of these people were able to give their undivided attention to the pastor’s sermon because they didn’t have to worry about their children disturbing service?”
It was awesome! God revealed to me one of the reasons why I have to serve. Finally, the service was over and it was time to pick up my 5 year old son from class. I picked him up and as soon as he walked out of the classroom, he said, “Mommy, did you know that Jesus died on the cross for you and me? And now we can go to heaven!”
It took everything in me not to cry….a joyful cry, of course! So needless to say, I was totally convicted from that day on. I want to ensure that my heart is in it 110%. We serve for the kingdom of God, and God promises to bless us!
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
– Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
“Lord, thank You for using me to grow Your kingdom. I pray that You bless the faithful leaders who volunteer at church every Sunday. Continue to give them strength to do Your will. Please help me be obedient in serving in every area of my life, including…”