Back in January I was reading the book of Genesis in my Devotions. Most of us know Genesis really well and could probably tell you pretty much every story in the book.
Well I was reading the story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel (Genesis 29). Jacob wants to marry Rachel, he works seven years for her, then Laban tricks him and he ends up with Leah. So he finally gets Rachel, but has to stay and work another seven years for Laban. He must have REALLY loved her to stay and work for Laban fourteen years.
So now Jacob has two wives, Leah, the one he didn’t want, and Rachel, who is beautiful (vs17) and he loves (vs.20).
Well it comes time for them to start having babies. Verse 31 says “And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.”
In the next four verses we read about the children Leah has. In these verses is where The Lord showed me something I had never noticed before. See if you catch it.
32″And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben:for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me. 33And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon. 34And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi. 35And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.” Genesis 29:32-35
Did you see it? What was different about the fourth son? Her attitude!
With the first three sons Leah says, maybe now my husband will love me. But in verse 35 she changes her attitude and says, “Now will I praise the Lord…”.
Leah went from worrying about will my husband love me? Will my husband love me? Will my husband love me? To, you know what, no matter if my husband loves me, my God loves me and I will praise him!!
Many times in the ministry, we do things with a good attitude, but for the wrong purpose. I sing because the Pastor asked me and I don’t want to let him down, or the assistant Pastor asked me to make this announcement slide for the service and I don’t want him to have to worry about it. Many things we do we may do with a great attitude, but we are doing them for the wrong purpose.
Colossians 2:23 ”
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
I know I am guilty of this, especially since we have started deputation. I have to look my best so they don’t think I’m a slob. If they ask me to sing I have to be willing so they don’t think I’m a bump on a log.
What’s the problem with this? It’s all they and me! No! It should all be for The Lord! I should wan to look my best because I’m representing Christ, I should want to sing because I love to praise him!
No matter if its singing a special, or cleaning up the place we stay before we leave (refer to Teri Snode’s post here) I WILL do it all to praise HIM! 🙂
All For HIS Glory!