Boundaries


When my life turned from living apart from God to living with God, I began serving everyone and everywhere. I ran the slide show at church, sat on the finance committee, painted walls, hosted women’s nights, led a Sunday School class (I was NOT remotely qualified, by the way), and more.

Eventually, I burned out. 

I remember asking my mentor, “When is it okay to say no to something I am asked to do?” She told me never. I should always say yes because God is worthy to serve. 

I was serving to please God, and I rather enjoyed the attention people gave me for helping them out.

My motive was wrong. 

I thought I had to prove to God how much I loved Him.

I didn’t have anything to prove. 

I was set free.

Many people serve because they are trying to make friends. They are present. They help you out. They love outrageously. But as soon as they run out of energy because their serving isn’t fueled by the right motivation, they disappear. 

They hibernate. 

They go off the radar. 

It doesn’t matter how important their role was.

Serving That Adds You a Credit

Isn’t it fun to be asked to do something? Isn’t it great when people trust you with a job? Sometimes you look at those people and think, “Well, I don’t want to let them down. They entrusted me with this great responsibility.”
The truth is that we should never work for people. We should always work for God. Whatever we do, we should do it as if we’re serving the Lord (see Colossians 3:23).
Many times, people get lackadaisical in what they are doing. They start serving people or a cause. They stop serving the Lord, and their work becomes less than excellent. They become lazy. All they offer is poo-poo service. They have great ideas but no execution, no follow through. They’re not willing to put in the hard work. They want someone else to do it for them.
Scripture says, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” (Proverbs 6:6 NIV). I believe every one of us on God’s team should be like an ant. God tells us what to do, and we should be working hard, day and night, night and day, lifting things that are heavier than our own bodies and working as if we’re serving Him. We need to be strong and accomplish His work with great excellence!