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Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another.”  Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Serving the body of Christ is one of the greatest honors a Christian can do.  God is truly glorified when people come together and serve Him, whether it is in missions, youth, children’s ministry, teaching, worship ministry, small group ministry or however the LORD leads.  I have served in worship for over twenty years and experienced many different styles of worshiping God.  I have sacrificed higher staff positions at churches to serve alongside precious saints, and count it all joy. But sometimes we can become too comfortable in our role, or stay in a role for people rather than God’s calling. Devotion is hard to come by these days.  Scripture calls us to be devoted to one another, but we set ourselves up for disappointment if our devotion is in man instead of the LORD.  We are not serving a church or a leader, no, we are serving God.  Coupled with devotion to a person is expectation.  We should serve with no other motivation than bringing God joy, and yet oftentimes we have expectations at what that service could eventually lead to, if we are honest. Certainly if one has proven faithful in their service, it is biblical that eventually after being faithful with a little one will be faithful with more talents.  Desiring to grow the talents given is also God-honoring.  We want to prove faithful with the trust and spiritual gifts the LORD has given to us and not squander what He has placed on our heart, but sometimes in our humanity we do not understand that God is nudging us on. It is times like these that our hearts can be in anguish because we love the people we are privileged to serve with, but also know that every position we hold is temporary.  If we are devoted to God, then we want to please Him and go wherever He will send us.  Sometimes this hurts, but the peace of obedience and following Him far surpasses any plans we may have. Lord, lead us and help us to not look to man, but to You alone.  May we be devoted to You and Your glory in everything we do.

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