"Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerety and in faithfullness. Joshua 24:14
".....And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve........" Joshua 24:15
"But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15b
"....we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up." Daniel 3:16b-18
"The king declared to Daniel, 'May your God, whom you serve continually deliver you!' " Daniel 6:16b
" 'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.' " Matthew 4:10b
"Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervant in spirit, serve the Lord." Romans 12:11b
" And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will recieve the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ." Colossians 3:23-24
"For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" Hebrews 9:13-14
"...These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple." Revelation 7:14b-15
A lot of opinions and thoughts are being talked about, printed, published and blogged talking about serving.
Yet most of it is about serving others and serving the poor. So much so that the One whom we are to serve first seems to get a back seat in lew of the others and the poor.
Yes, I know that by serving the poor etc. that we are demonstrating our service to the Lord.
Yet I also know that what gets lost in translation is the who gets the glory as we serve?
Who are we trying to impress by all of our talk?
Are we trying to be man pleasers or God pleasers?
Are we bragging about what we are doing in God's kingdom or what God is doing through us?
Take a back seat for a moment and meditate on the scriptures above.
Our government is in the business trying to serve. There are so many community service activists and groups out in the world that serve.
What distinguishes us from them? The answer should be Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Is this getting forgotten all in the name of being the first on the scene to administer "service" to the poor and hurting?
If so then we are in emnity with God, because the "glory" belongs to him, and we are to serve him first.
Our words that we speak. The words that we type on blogs, facebook and other avenues. Are they always God glorifying and serving the Lord's purpose?
Our way of criticizing the president of the United States by calling him names and wishing him harm. Is this serving the Lord?
Is our "Christian" walk and attitude showing the world how to serve the Lord?
I have been guitly of these also. So yes I am also pointing out the LOG in my eye!
I am not saying we don't have a right to be upset about the policies coming from Washington etc.
The word of God tells us to "expose the unfruitful works of darkness." And yes this means what is happening in the world.
These are areas that the Lord has been showing me lately and I felt the need to post it so, yes, you all could see it.
Just as the scriptures that I posted point out. Serve the Lord!
Serve Him in everything, yet also be discerning to know if what you are doing is for the world to know or just between you and God.
Pray for the leaders as it says in Romans.
Expose the unfruitful works of darkness, because the days are getting more evil! And there is more and more things going awry in this nation.
We have been lied to and will continue to be lied too.
Get in the Word and read it, live it and serve with it!
All to the Glory of the Lord!
I would also urge those who just sit and listen to sermons on Sundays to realize we are all called to serve.
We must be as Jesus and be willing to wash each other's feet and give our lives for each other.