The story goes that a little boy was having a birthday and had expectation of going to Toys ‘r Us to shop and enjoy the experience. His dad was a very busy and successful businessman. The boy asked his dad if he would take him to the toy store. His dad said, “No. He would pick up whatever the boy wanted later.” The boy didn’t give up. He loved his dad very much. He kept asking for his dad to take him.
Eventually, the dad was wore down and took the boy to the toy store. As they walked the aisles, the boy looked up into his dad’s eyes and said, “Thank you, dad. Maybe next time you will enjoy it.”
I’ve been thinking about being engulfed with the Spirit and walking with Jesus as two distinct qualities of my life. In trying to figure this out, I’ve discovered that many times in my life I have done things seemingly for Jesus out of obligation to others. I think many times I was the dad taking my son to the toy store. I did it out of obligation.
I am discovering if I walk with Jesus and look at life through His eyes, I see opportunities to serve out of love, NOT obligation. I may still find myself in the toy store, but it will because of the love Christ has for me and my desire to share His love with others. I find myself enjoying the service instead of enduring the service.
TRUTH: Stop serving from obligation. Serve from love.
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