Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because… your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Everyone has a hero or two. And an amazing thing about heroes is that most of them have hearts that serve. Joan of Arc loved God, served God, and fought valiantly as she served others. Do you know her story?
Joan of Arc was a French peasant who lived in the fifteenth century. When France was occupied by the English, she convinced the king to put her at the head of 10,000 troops. She rallied the French forces to liberate France and has been since dubbed “The Maid of Orleans,” heroine of France. Joan of Arc couldn’t read or write, but she cared deeply and she prayed passionately. And here’s the shocker—Joan of Arc was 19 when she died. She was a teenager! To this day this teenage woman is considered to be a national heroine of France.
As she prepared for death, Joan of Arc prayed, “I shall only last a year; use me as You can.” Hers was a heart committed to serving God by serving others to the very end.
God wants you and me to have hearts that serve, too. He has given us everything we need for living our lives in a godly way (2 Peter 1:3), He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3), and He has gifted us spiritually to serve others in the church (1 Corinthians 12:7).