This post is from the Childlike series.
There is something peaceful and relaxing while watching a child enjoy something as simple as a slide in the park or a cup of yogurt and a plastic spoon.
I enjoy watching my son play. He has a very curious imagination. He sometimes will play with a box rather than the toy that came inside it.
He enjoys using the lids from our pots and pans as cymbals. Laundry baskets can be anything from a toy box to a place to hide. Clothes hangers become hammers. It is interesting to just watch him as he finds enjoyment in playing with everyday, ordinary, routine objects.
Recently, he has started to enjoy helping us put the groceries away. He knows where sodas go. He knows where cereal and canned food goes. He is thrilled to help.
Then it hits me.
Why can we not do the same thing?
The Westminster Catechism says: The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
We get to glorify God in all that we do AND enjoy Him for as long as we live.
Your service should not come from any sort of obligation. Your service should come from your passion, desire and willingness to glorify God in all that you do.
Take joy in your service to God. Enjoy God in everything you do. You don’t have to enjoy God but you get to enjoy Him. This is fantastic. You can take pleasure in the One who created you. You can take pleasure in the One who snatched your soul from the road to a God-less eternity. You can take pleasure in the One who called you to be a messenger that walks in the authority given to you by Jesus.
Jesus did not give you this abundant life to glorify yourself. That is not living life to the full. That is living life to fill your ego and pride.
Take joy in God. Love Him, serve Him, obey Him, in all that you do glorify Him.