Melvyn Tan
September 28, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

Who Do I Serve When I Serve?

[blockquote source=”Ephesians 6:7 (ISV)“]Serve willingly, as if you were serving the Lord and not merely people[/blockquote] Before I was a believer, I could never understand why would businesses openly proclaim their love for the LORD.  I would even boycott some of these establishments as I cannot comprehend why the “need” to mix religion with business. […]

[blockquote source=”Ephesians 6:7 (ISV)“]Serve willingly, as if you were serving the Lord and not merely people[/blockquote]

Before I was a believer, I could never understand why would businesses openly proclaim their love for the LORD.  I would even boycott some of these establishments as I cannot comprehend why the “need” to mix religion with business.  My thinking was, “keep your religion private, thank you”.

No wonder I was struggling with that very same idea just a couple of weeks ago.

I knew I was called by God to serve Him.  To go into missionary work.  I simply cannot see how my professional work can mix with this missionary work.

It was not until several weeks ago that I finally figured it all out, I think.  God was not asking me to give up my professional practice.  In fact, all the knowledge, skills, and competencies that I have built up over the last ten years are to be put into serving Him.

As mentioned in The Catalyst Leader, following Jesus is not a matter of either doing or being, but both.

To put it simply, following Jesus is not a private matter!  You need to look at how to integrate your love for the LORD into your life, your family, your relationships, and even your work.  You need to figure how by doing what you are doing is not merely to serve people, but it is also serving the LORD.

For some of you, integrating your love for the LORD into the different domains of your life may be easy.  But not so for some of us.  Have you already figured out how you can integrate your love for the LORD into the different domains?  If not, here’s some things you can do:

  • Be intentional: ask God to guide you in finding how you can integrate your love for Him into the different areas of your life – I asked specifically about how I can integrate it into my work
  • Schedule time with God: ideally this would be in the morning, preferably before the children wake especially if you have young children like me – I integrate reading of the Scripture into my morning ritual (I slipped up from time-to-time too, but the main thing is to quickly get back on track)
  • Pray: this does not have to be the “clasp your hands and bow your head”, but it must be your sincere outpouring to God – I just talk to God, like how I would to a friend.

Dear God, thank You for giving us the opportunities to serve others.  Help us integrate our love for You into the different areas of our lives, so that we are not merely serving people, but to serve You.  In Jesus name, Amen.