I want to make two general observations of the attitudes exuded by Christians ministering in the church. Those Christians range from pastor to deacon to those who sneak in late and sit on the last pew. The types of ministering ranges from preaching to teaching to walking an elderly lady to her car.
Some Christians give the impression that they are on work detail when ministering to others. It’s as if they force a joyless smile just to get through a laborious task. Their motivation seems to flow out of a love for God as they dutifully serve their neighbor – they can’t wait until the work is finished!
Other Christians seem more naturally full of joy. They give the impression that ministering to others is a field trip. Their motivation seems to naturally flow out of love for God and their neighbor – they can’t wait to get to work!
One group has to do the work. The other group gets to do the work.
I have seen myself in both camps. I have been on work detail, but pray for the joy-filled field trip regardless of the task.
How about you, fellow Christian? In which camp do you normally fall? How have you sought to change? How have you encouraged others to find joy in the Lord?