Mary: Gaining Confidence Through Serving

Chapter seven of Luke always gripped my heart because I identify so much with that woman. Mary’s sense of deep unworthiness was evident, but it was never to the point where her unworthiness would ever disqualify her from expressing her love to the One that was worthy. There are going to be times when you feel unworthy, there are going to be times when you will drift and feel a sense of this or find yourself in a place so far away. Your devotion will be shallow with a sense of deep unworthiness, but it must never disqualify you from expressing your love to the One who is worthy.

It doesn’t matter how far you have strayed; Jesus will never slam the door on you. To return, the point of entry will always be near to you. Click To Tweet

It is within God’s embrace where He embraces you and me as people with sin still yet inside. Within His embrace, you don’t become less like Him; you become more like Him. When you understand His forgiveness, it melts away the desire to run off, to be in rejection and rebel against God. God extends His grace and He loves us so much. And when you begin to understand His great compassion, it changes you. It makes you want to give back.


Genuine Serving …

… Will Always be the Point of Entry

Genuine service will always be the point of entry and the point of re-entry. There are going to be times when you feel unworthy, but never let your sense of unworthiness disqualify you from sharing your affection or the outpouring of your love. Click To Tweet You love needs to be expressed and the best way to do it is in serving. You can gain confidence through serving.

Even if you feel you cannot lead or hold a position, it is okay. God is saying the best point of entry will be through the servant’s entrance. That will always be the fastest way to the throne.


The point of entry and re-entry will always be serving because you’ve got to share your love. You’ve got to be able to express your affection for the Lord. One of the best ways to do that is through servant-heartedness.


… Expresses the Impact Forgiveness Has Had on My Life.

When you understand how much you have been forgiven, it motivates your serving. When you lose sight of how much you need forgiveness, you watch how the heart with which you serve begins to evaporate. Then we start to serve for dignity or for other purposes and other reasons: to be seen, to be observed, to be appreciated and to be liked.

Sometimes we think, “My deed is so polished and nice. Obviously, I should be recognized.” But the Lord doesn’t look at the outer; the Lord looks at the heart.

“… for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7).

Never let your sense of unworthiness disqualify you from expressing your love in serving Him. It doesn’t matter the size of the deed; what matters is the size of the heart within that deed. Click To Tweet


… Is Always Greater than Formality.

“But God, I’m unworthy. I shouldn’t be here. I’ve got to get my act together first.”

Then God says, “No! Outside of My embrace you can’t get your life together on our own. It is only with My grace and My help that you can get your life together.”

Do you understand the depth of His love and His forgiveness and His grace? It doesn’t cause you to continue further in your sin. It causes that sin to drop away and you have a desire to be more like Him. That is the grace and depth of His forgiveness and goodness.

That’s why when people see the church or Christians, they begin to see not us, but the Lord Himself, for we are ambassadors for Christ and we understand His gifts, His mercy, His grace, His compassion. When they see us, they see a forgiven people .Not people who are forgiven and can be hypocritical and keep sinning. No, when you understand His forgiveness, when they look, they see not people less like God, but people who have been transformed compassionately. That’s God’s desire. When you catch it, you will never be the same.

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