When Serving is Not so Good

Revivalist Duncan Campbell wrote in a Soul Survivor newsletter:

“Christianity is both the hardest and easiest religion in the world. The easiest because we come with nothing, with empty hands at the foot of the cross.  And yet the hardest for that very same reason, because our pride and selfishness does not want us to accept that we should come with open hands.  We feel that we must bring something that we should contribute to our own Salvation, to be one who says we are in control rather than God.  These are days of much activity in the field of the church and mission work, but no amount of activity in the King’s service will make up for neglect of the King himself.  The devil is not greatly concerned about getting between us and work, his great concern is getting between us and God.  Many a Christian worker has buried his spirituality in the grave of activity.”  (Quoted in Conspiracy of the Insignificant by Patrick Regan)

                “No amount of activity in the King’s service will make up for neglect of the King himself.” Those are not only words of truth but words of warning.  We are entering the busiest season of serving others.  Many from Woodside will donate time and money to make an immediate and hopefully an eternal difference in the lives of people this Christmas season.

I believe it is so honoring to God when his people have his compassion to give.  During these days we will donate thousands of coats, distribute hundreds of boxes of love (food and meals), host multiple Christmas parties for communities, and this list goes on.  And it is all good…it is great!

My prayer is that everyone who gives will receive the greater blessing.

But when is giving and serving not so good?  When we neglect the King himself.

During this Christmas season of giving, which is often active worship, let’s make sure we spend time with the Lord Jesus – the one who came to live with us.  Worship Emmanuel!!