Charles Johnston

Ever Wonder What It Means To Have A Servant's Heart?

A servant heart is a term that gets thrown around quite a bit lately.

We hear it in our church pews and even on T.V. (When doom and gloom is not selling) ; Yet do we really know what that servant heart means?

Those of us that give of our time, talent and treasure would like to think we embody a servant heart. However when you work with other volunteers you will find this not to always be the case. A true servant heart, a pure one is really hard to find.

This past weekend I was blessed to have the opportunity to volunteer for two phenomenal organizations in my community.

One of which I am passionate about and see rewards many would not understand. By helping find homes for the homeless animals in my city. I can work all day selfless beyond my strength and commitment. Knowing when I lay my head down at night weary and sore, that my heart is happy and I truly have served my calling.

The next day I participated in my first ever community outreach. Going from saving lives of the homeless animals in my city to saving souls of the lost. We worshipped and prayed within the local community. A community that has been ravaged by crime and pain finally had hope.

When you give of yourself in ways only God can place on your heart. Even when you are physically, emotionally and spiritually drained. Unbounded strength and perseverance is garnered. We find reserves of spirit that we did not know existed. Pushing through exhaustion to render peace to those we serve.

There is a great divide between serving others for our own gain and serving with a humble heart. As volunteers we find both in our midst. Some are there to pad their resume or toot their own horn. They are the ones that are loud and pugnacious about their service.

Then there are those that are truly serving as they have been called. Using their talents to graciously serve. Hiding behind the joy they provide it is not about them, but more about Him.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

~ 2 Corinthians 9:8

This is the type of volunteer I pray to be. One that serves quietly not seeking credit. When the media wants to interview you, humbly decline and continue to serve. It is through the heart of a real volunteer that God’s honor and glory will be restored on earth.

Whether at your local animal shelter or soup kitchen. Maybe it’s even within your own neighborhood streets. A person that serves others and shares their gifts. Not afraid to get dirty and smell like the sheep. We are all here to help each other find our rest and our peace.