I hope everyone is having a fabulous February so far!
It’s the first week of the month, which means a devotional post. If you are not sure what I am talking about, I’ve decided to make each week of the month devoted to a specific topic. They are mapped out on my previous post linked here.
So here is a faith based post for you and something that I’ve been learning on my walk with the Lord.
I find myself saying both of these phrases: “Well I deserve this…” or “Go for it. You deserve it”?
The phrases seem harmless, and to some degree it is okay to say this in a joking manner. However, the trap comes in if we actually start to believe we do deserve certain rewards.
It is not that rewards are bad. The trouble comes in if we expect a reward, and the reward becomes our motivation.
In actuality, we do not deserve anything. It is a miracle and a blessing that we live and breathe and are alive everyday! If we start to believe we deserve tangible items in return for our service, we are acting from a place of selfishness.
Then, we will just be left disappointed and less motivated to perform the next time because we did not get anything from our service.
If we stop believing we deserve something out of life, that is when we become different. Things will change. We find more freedom in what we do.
If we start to focus on how we were made for a eternal purpose to serve the Lord, it won’t matter if we get rewards in return. The only thing that matters is that the Lord is pleased.
As a nurse, I care for patients, but if I see my mundane 12 hour shift as a service for something far greater than myself (God), I am more likely to pour into these people and do my best because it is for something greater than just pleasing the patient.
Strive to always be your best because that is what the Lord wants for us. This life is not about us, but about Him. If we elevate that as our central purpose, everything has meaning regardless of a tangible thing in return.
Jesus endured many things he didn’t deserve, but His mission was carried out for a far greater and bigger purpose that transcended His time on Earth. He was truly the most selfless man that ever lived, and the least we can do is attempt to be like Him. He never quit or surrendered because he didn’t deserve what was coming.
I am tempted yet always reminded to revert my thinking when my I am driven by the motive that I deserve something for my actions.
Let’s just be our best because it is what the Lord wants —not for something in return! Not that this is an easy task, cause we all want rewards; however, anything is possible with God!
This is my prayer for myself and for you!