For you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. Galatians 5:13 CSB
One quote that has stuck with me for several years now is “Our lives were never meant to be our own”. I believe we are all created with a heart to give and provide for others. Now what we do with that is up to us. What does it mean to have a servant’s heart? Some of the first traits I think of are humbleness, unselfishness, compassion, and kindness. We have the perfect example of a servant and that is Jesus. He came to serve and not be served. We must set aside pride, seek God’s help and guidance on how we can help those he puts in our paths. Not to boast ourselves up, but to point to the one who is truly worthy of all praise.
It is important to first recognize who we are in Christ. It is when we can grasp our identity and purpose in him that we can fulfill our callings. To love on people and point them to Christ. We do not have to have a lot of money or fame. Often times the smallest acts of kindness put off the greatest number of ripples.
It can affect many in your circle. When we align our hearts with God’s, and seek out his will, we can serve with great passion and meaning.
Sometimes our calling is to help by sharing our trials and the storms we have weathered. This is not always easy. It’s often quite difficult and we shy away from it, but I think being transparent and telling our story can really help others in those same situations. Don’t let Satan feed you lies about not being good enough, pretty enough, famous enough, rich enough and so on. He is simply trying to stop you from shining your light for the Lord. Speak truth to yourself, read God’s word and remind yourself who you belong to. You are ENOUGH. You do have purpose. If you are alive, then God is not done writing your story!
Serving others does not leave you empty handed. I have often noticed that servanthood is a double blessing. One for the person on the receiving end, and the other for the giver. The blessings that come are overflowing. It does our soul and heart good to be doing God’s work. But let’s face it, we can let the excuses pile up and hinder us from going out and shining our lights. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to help someone just because you don’t have time or the means. If he puts in on your heart, he will provide you with what you need to fulfill the task.
I have experienced and witnessed God work in many lives when we trust him and go into those unknown places. Four years ago, I felt a nudging to start a mission group at my church. I was scared and clueless on which direction to start, but God was there leading me. We have been on 3 mission trips so far here in the United States. We would spend several days doing home repair for the disabled and elderly. We experienced blessings on that trip that we will never forget. We were there to help the residents, but I feel like we got a bigger blessing just by being vessels for the Lord.
We all have areas in our lives that we tend to shy away from for whatever reason. We all have strengths and weaknesses. I have learned that it is when we let God use our weaknesses that our lights seem to shine even brighter and his power is revealed. I encourage you to seek out what gifts or calling God has placed on your life. Do not let fear stop you from serving him. If he puts something on your heart, do it. We will never know the full impact of our actions here on this earth, but I hope that whatever legacy I leave behind, it will be one that points to Christ. He is worthy of our time and our obedience.
You are loved. You are enough. Your life has purpose.
Hayley Williams is a Christian, wife, an aspiring writer and homeschooling mama of 2 kids. Since her daughter graduated this past Spring, her focus is now teaching her son, who is 15. God is her everything. Hayley desires for other women to know that they are enough, loved and worth it. Hayley is passionate about helping women to know that God will help them through the trials of life and He is faithful!
We thank you, Hayley, for contributing to this publication of Titus-two.com speaking about “A Servant’s Heart.”
You are loved to Heaven and Back, Hayley ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary