Serving the Lord, Depending on the Lord
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.John 15:5
This verse tells us that if we abide in Christ we can bear much fruit; but do we abide in him during the time we are serving him? If we are dependent on the Lord working through us, then we must always abide in him. The problem that we all experience is not abiding in him when we are busy serving the Lord while teaching a class, ministering to a soul, or preaching a sermon. Do we commune with the Lord during these times of serving? I have found myself teaching a class without seeking the Lord’s help! But even if we are not consciously communing with the Lord in the midst of serving, we are still guided and encouraged by the Spirit.
The more we serve the Lord the more dependent we become on him; the more we commune with him, the more quiet time we will find with him. Satan wants us to stay busy serving the Lord but not depending on the Lord. You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you (Isaiah 26:3). Keep your thoughts on God while serving the Lord, and trust the Spirit to work through you. Intermix a dialogue with the Lord as you are serving him. It’s possible to commune with the Lord and teach a class at the same time, and in fact it can become natural.
When serving the Lord through anything the Spirit has called us to do, we are filled with a peace and thankfulness that drives us to be alone with the Lord. A loving and thankful heart drives us into alone time with Lord. Just as Jesus desired to spend alone time with his Father, we should desire to spend alone time with Christ. He gives us a thankful heart after serving him, hoping it will drive us to be with him. Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:8).
Therefore when serving the Lord seek to commune with him for understanding scriptures, or whatever you need in the time of serving; this will assure that the Lord is actively with you. After serving, seek alone time with the Lord, a relaxing time to meditate and thank the Lord for being with you as you served him. I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds (Psalm 9:1).
Today depend on the Lord for everything, and go through your day reflecting Christ. Seek the Lord’s divine guidance and seek victory in every task. Remember that his power works in you when you seek him and ask for divine guidance.
Prayer: Lord, guide me to always depend on you so that my heart is always serving you. I will seek your guidance today so Christ will be reflected in me as you guide my words and actions. In Jesus name, Amen