Friday, June 10, 2011

Heart & Soul Service

Joshua 22:5

English Standard Version (ESV)
5 Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul." (emphasis mine)

I am struck with what Joshua did not say about how he wanted the tribes of Gad, Reuben and half of Manasseh (and us today) to serve.

Typically we think of service today in terms of someone like a Restaurant Server, or a Customer Service Rep, or a person we employ to perform an agreed service, or even a project in ministry in which we plan and implement service.  In these cases, we cannot help but use our Hands, Feet, Voices or even our Strength to serve. 

ut Joshua doesn't say "Serve with your both your hands and both your feet or all your voice or all your strength."  He specifically says that we are to serve with ALL your Heart and ALL your Soul.

I am certain that our service to God must be motivated by our Love and Passion and not by our guilt, obligation and duty.

So what is driving your Service?  Your Heart (love) and Soul (passion)?  Or your Guilt, (hands) Obligation, (feet) or Duty (strength)?

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