This post is part of the Resolved series: a collection of 21 personal resolutions that I’ve written.
If you’d like a little more information, please visit this introduction to the Resolved series.
Resolution # 1
Resolved, to diligently pursue a life of good works and humble service towards all those whom God would place in my path; to do this by His power alone, not mine, in a manner that would give Him all the glory and make His name great.
What and Why?
Here’s where I explain what I mean and why it matters.
Titus 2:14 tells us that Christ died to purify for himself a people “who are zealous for good works.” Ephesians 2:10 says that we are created in Christ for good works. James 1:27 tells us that a mark of true religion is “to look after orphans and widows in their distress.”
As recipients of God’s grace in Christ, we’re called to use our gifts to serve others. [1 Peter 4:10] I want to live out the amazing example set by Jesus himself, who “came not to be served but to serve…” [Matthew 20:28]
I wrote a devotion on servant leadership that covers this further.
His Power, Not Mine
If I want to live a life that looks radically different, one that’s 100% dedicated to His service, then I’m going to need help. To attempt to accomplish this or any of my 21 resolutions apart from God’s empowering grace would be absolutely impossible.
I simply don’t have what it takes.
His Glory, Not Mine
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 ESV
If I’m able to help a young kid learn how to read, it’s not because I’m awesome. It’s because God in an act of unmerited favor and grace saw fit to give me eyes to see, a functioning brain to think, a solid education, and a desire to serve that child.
Praise His name, not mine.
If I’m able to feed a homeless person under a bridge, it’s not because I’m special. It’s because God saw fit to give me an opportunity, provided me with a job, blessed me with money, and called me to live as a faithful steward of those resources.
Praise His name, not mine.
It’s got nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him.
How and When?
Here’s where I look at ways to practically apply this resolution to my life.
- Actively seek out ways in which I can add margin to my schedule. Fill the empty spaces with opportunities to do good works and serve, but maintain a careful balance of sabbath.
- Seek out and seize opportunities to serve people around me who are in need regardless of whether they ask for help or not.
- Pray ceaselessly for direction and for strength to exceed my own perceived abilities in pursuit of serving others.
- Pray for the faith to get out of my comfort zone.
- Take every bit of praise and point it straight to God and His grace.
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