When God creates in us with a servant's heart, there is always the conviction of doing unto God, even when there are circumstances surrounding the 'doing' that warrant otherwise. You see, when we decide to serve unto God, we relinquish the need to evaluate whether someone, thing, or cause deserves our assistance.
"Thank you God that you have given me a servant's heart because if I did not give unto You, I would only give conditionally."
The word 'give' can be exercised in many capacities. For example, I chose to smile and wave as the driver behind me flipped the middle finger with both hands for letting two cars merge in front of me. These were the same vehicles that she would not allow to merge in front of her. Smiling at the person who never smiles or even speaks to you as you pass is an opportunity to give. Offering to help someone with a responsibility even when they are at fault for not having it completed. Doing right by others (His right not our justification of right). Most often, when doing unto God, others will receive the best of us even when their actions don't warrant it by worldly standards. It's not about a judgement of worthiness, it's about listening to God and acting according to His word and expectation of us. We relinquish the need to put a monetary value on a person, make a determination of worthiness, or judge them, and thus evade performing actions that might make others feel less than. When we are servants we live in God's house, and when others knock they enter with the same nobility that Jesus held.
"To a home, there is no difference of importance or value between the person who laid the foundation and the person who sweeps the floor. One creates a structure and the other creates preservation for the structure." -Frankie Reed-Shaw-
While it may seem cold and detached, and even ingenuine, my good deeds are not done because I am connected to any one individual. They are done because I am connected and pursuing loyalty to Him. For example, while I would love to say that my commitment to my husband is a representation of my loyalty to my husband, it is not. Simply because if I do it unto him, then my loyalty will more than unlikely become conditional. I entered into a union with my husband under God's terms. When there are moments I want to respond with my flesh (arguing, giving up, etc.), I remember the oath I made to God, who is steadfast and never-changing. The same goes to the relationships we form and casual acquaintances. Treat others how God would want us to treat them and how he has treated us: correction, patience, mercy, kindness, and undeserving favor.
"When we do unto God, the doing becomes unconditional." -Frankie Reed-Shaw-
"God is the potter and I am the clay being painfully molded into a beautiful representation of HIm." -Frankie Reed-Shaw-
In this life, if we experience the process of being painfully broken and molded we also gain the opportunity to truly begin to see and accept all that life has to offer us, in all its beauty. As God sloughs away at our fleshly outer layer, we definitely feel the discomfort of being transformed. In attempts to remain in our worldly form we harden, making us less pliable in His process. Although we resist, He is always watering us with His moistened hand awaiting our response.
How do we know when we have become resistant to God's transformative process? Simple, life becomes difficult internally, and often externally, and we begin to seek joy, happiness, acceptance, and fulfillment in the world and our own actions (this may also include religious traditions that lack relationship and focus on the outward appearance of being a 'good' christian).
How do we break the cycle and begin hearing God's voice and becoming softened to his touch? Well that's simple too. Spend more time connecting with Him through prayer, meditation, time alone, and reading His word. Once we connect, we open ourselves up for a greater purpose and to be guided.
It's perfectly fine to feel afraid from time to time, but it's definitely not okay to make decisions based off those fears. Decisions made as a result of fear display little faith in the One we are called to believe works everything out for our good. Fortunately for us, that includes fear-based decision-making.
If you're anything like me, or half the people in this world for that matter, walking on unchartered territory can bring about an uneasy feeling, but choosing to remain complacent and oppressed by that anxiety is not an option. Some people call it taking a risk, while we choose to believe it's the equivalent to the Civil War.... the fight for freedom and liberation from fear that cripples over half of Americans. Ever stop to think why there's a 1%? Probably not solely because they earned it through hard work, but by taking steps leaps of faith outside the realm of acceptability.
"Nothing at the pinnacle of greatness is ever achieved by following the mold of what is already being done." -Frankie Reed-
When making decisions, think about where you are headed and not where you could possibly fall if it doesn't work out. Ask yourself, is this move toward my goals in life?
It's ok to be afraid, but it's not okay to use that fear to support your decision to do or not do something that could make a big impact on your life. As greatness doesn't develop from a mold, it also is not likely to be developed alone. If God has not sent others in to help you just yet, you can always partner with Him to create an awesome duo. Don't be afraid to set aside time with God for clear direction. Ask Him for what you want and wholeheartedly believe that He will answer you.
I am a 35 year old wife and mother of three children. I love all-things creative and writing thought-provoking posts. I began documenting #MyEarlyMorningThoughts about two years ago and have since received many requests to begin blogging and to continue posting about everyday life, growth, maturity, and christian concepts. Don't be shy, feel free to comment your life experiences and wisdom on any post.