Men’s Devotion – Sincere Service
Joshua 24:14–15 “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
It has long been said that the word “sincere” comes from two words, Sina, and Cera, which means “without wax”.
The story is that in ancient times sculptors would use wax to hide mistakes that were made in the statues that they had sculpted. However, once the statue was set out in the sun, the wax would melt and expose the flaw.
As biblical men, we must endeavor to serve the Lord in sincerity and in truth, just as it says in Joshua 24:14. That means our service to the Lord should be pure and clean, and without ulterior motives. As we serve the Lord, our motives matter.
The variety of motives for which a man might serve the Lord are many, but there is only one pure motive, and that is love. All that we do for the Lord ought to be done out of a pure love for the Lord.
Luke 10:27 “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”
Today’s Biblical Manhood Principle: Serve the Lord with the sincere motive of love.