Devotion for Monday, October 31, 2022

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them – not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be” (1 Peter 5:2a)

This journey of faith is one that is moving us beyond being obligated for doing things.  Love is not an obligation.  It is to move us into the place where we understand that serving the Lord is what we were created to do.  We serve the One who first served us.  Do not be motivated by obligation, but by every good promise the Lord places before us.  Our hope is in Him alone.

Lord, I know this in the relationships I have on earth.  How is it that this principle which You have placed in me from the beginning is so hard to apply to heavenly things?  You have given me the ability to love.  In You is all hope.  You have led me to trust in Your never-failing promises. Help me learn how to serve because it is pleasing to You.  Guide me in Your goodness and mercy.

Come Holy Spirit and minister to my heart.  You have opened my heart to love and the truth of the Gospel.  You have helped me to see that these things are true.  Guide me dear Lord in the way of everlasting life so that I may always trust in Your guidance through all the travails of this life.  In all that happens, may I be guided by You dear Lord to willingly and freely serve You in love.  Amen.