Joy In the Service Of The Lord

Joy In the Service Of The Lord

There is a beautiful verse which I want to show you. It blessed my heart many years ago when I was a young believer. It is Genesis 29:20: "So Jacob served seven years for Rachel: and they seemed but a few days, because of the greatness of his love."

This wasn't a desk job that Jacob had. It was hard work in the fields, looking after sheep. He had to work in the hot sun during the day and sleep outside in the cold at night. He even lost his health. But yet, it says that he felt the seven years were just like a few days for him. All because Jacob's love for Rachel was so passionate and so strong.

And I thought, "If Jacob could serve like that for a woman, how should I serve the Lord who loved me so much that He gave His life for me?" And I said, "Lord, I want it to be like that in my life, and my service for You. Many years of suffering and pain and misunderstanding will be just like a few days for me, because I love You with all my heart." In so many words I said that to God back in 1980. I can't say that I have always done a very good job. But my heart was always filled with that longing, a longing to love Him with every thing I have. I am almost 58 years old now and I can testify that living the Christian life has been just like a few days for me.

And I now say, "Lord, give me even more years of health to serve You." And that will fill like just a few more days as well! I could not possibly have had this attitude if I were a person who was living for myself.

The most wonderful thing in the world is to serve the Lord. Nothing can equal that. Decide today that you will begin serving the Lord. decide today that you will not serve Him for money, or honour, or position, or acceptance, or fame, but only because you love Him who first loved you.

Do you find your labour for the Lord heavy? It's because you don't love the Lord with all your heart.