Most of us appreciate people who give not only a good service but those who exhibit a great spirit behind the service. While it’s always easy to pay for a job well done, nothing can pay for the willing and great spirit behind it. You can force someone’s loyalty but you can never force them to love you. Serving with gladness is an attitude of gratitude that comes from a loyal and loving person. Just the way we don’t like it when people serve grudgingly, even God does not appreciate half hearted service. The scriptures reminds us in the book of psalms that we should serve God with joy and gladness. Just before Moses died, God reminded the Israelites not only to serve Him but to do so with gladness. God made it clear through Moses that failure by the people to serve Him with gladness of heart, will result to them serving the enemies that God will bring their way in intense pain. Our service to God even the least of it must always be hearty filled with gratitude. God punishes a grumpy and complaining spirit. We should not just serve God but should actually enjoy doing the service. It’s either we serve Him joyfully or else serve our enemies in pain and intense suffering. As we go through the inconveniences brought about by COVID-19, we should take stock of the many times we failed to serve God with joy and gladness despite the many blessings He has given us. How many times did we take the blessings that we now miss for granted? How did we handle our jobs, businesses, schooling, social interactions, holiday moments, etc? How many times did we do things grumbling without gratitude in our hearts? God is gracious and merciful and will be willing to give you another opportunity to exercise joy and gladness as you serve Him!
Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you. Deuteronomy 28:47-48 NIV
Last modified: April 27, 2020