Good morning Father, good morning Jesus, good morning Holy Spirit. We are grateful unto You for the life You given us. Blessed Redeemer, The I AM that I AM, You Are Wonderful, Powerful, Faithful is Your Name. My Deliverer, My Protector, My Provider, You Are My Helper, You are Awesome, Lord! Thank You for a New week, a new day, we are grateful and thankful Lord.
Be Thou Exalted O Lord! We exalt You above all other gods. Receive all the glory, honour, adorations in the Jesus Name.
Beloved, hope your weekend was good? We thank God for being ever Faithful to those that are called by His Name. Gradually the days of 2015 are graduating into weeks and I know that we all have testimonies to honour God. Someone is thinking about the testimony to give. Beloved, a living dog is better than a dead lion, so jump on your feet and say Father, thank You for the gift of life, for our lives worth more than silver and gold. Having food and raiment let us be content (1 Tim 6:8).
The spirit of God reminded me this as I was pressing my needs to the throne on my church yesterday, and I was like, “God, don’t you understand that there are bills to pay, why should I be content only with food and raiment. As I was pondering over these and so many other thoughts that were filtering into my mind, these scripture came into my memory, …Anna, prophetess.., she departed not from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day (Lk 2:36-38).
The word “serving” cut my attention and I said God what are saying, the Spirit of God reminded me that is them that serves that are rewarded, and on further inquiry, He left for a while and during the service I got the full understanding of the word “serving”.
In Deut 10:12- ….and serve Him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. Then in Exo 23:25 – and ye shall serve the Lord, your God and He bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of Thee. In Lk 22:27 the Apostle were arguing who is greatest amongst them and when Jesus overheard them, He taught them the difference between the secular leadership and that of the kingdom of God. He portrayed to the Apostle how it should be done in the kingdom of God and at the end of the verse he said “For I Am among you as One Who serves.”
So the next question is how do you serve? How are rending your services to the Lord. Joyfully or sad? Follow me to Deut 28:47. What did you understand?
Beloved, we are to serve the Lord joyfully and if we fail to do so we will serve our enemies He will send against us and the v48 is not what you wish either.
So what do you do? The only option I believe we must chose is to serve the Lord joyfully, serve him with gladness:
“Serve the Lord with gladness.” Psalm 100:2
Delight in divine service is a token of acceptance. Those who serve God with a sad countenance, because they do what is unpleasant to them, are not serving Him at all; they bring the form of homage, but the life is absent.
Our God requires no slaves to grace His throne; He is the Lord of the empire of love, and would have His servants dressed in the livery of joy. The angels of God serve Him with songs, not with groans; a murmur or a sigh would be a mutiny in their ranks. That obedience which is not voluntary is disobedience, for the Lord looketh at the heart, and if He seeth that we serve Him from force, and not because we love Him, He will reject our offering.
Service coupled with cheerfulness is heart-service, and therefore true. Take away joyful willingness from the Christian, and you have removed the test of his sincerity. If a man be driven to battle, he is no patriot; but he who marches into the fray with flashing eye and beaming face, singing, “It is sweet for one’s country to die,” proves himself to be sincere in his patriotism.
Cheerfulness is the support of our strength; in the joy of the Lord are we strong. It acts as the remover of difficulties. It is to our service what oil is to the wheels of a railway carriage. Without oil the axle soon grows hot, and accidents occur; and if there be not a holy cheerfulness to oil our wheels, our spirits will be clogged with weariness. The man who is cheerful in his service of God, proves that obedience is his element; he can sing,
“Make me to walk in Thy commands,
‘Tis a delightful road.”
Reader, let us put this question—do you serve the Lord with gladness? Let us show to the people of the world, who think our religion to be slavery, that it is to us a delight and a joy! Let our gladness proclaim that we serve a good Master.
Is possible that you are busy serving the Lord but not joyfully but grudging, out of necessity, as duty call not with a mere heart. The Lord is specking to you and this might have been the reason you have not received from the Lord. It might also be the reason for snail movement.
How have you been serving the Lord as career person, in your family as a parent or as a child, in the house of God? How well have you been serving the Lord in your ministry and business, how well are you representing your Father? Don’t forget it is for your own good that you serve. Jesus even served His disciples. How well are serving? And if you fail to serve Him willing; He will make you to serve the task master He will send to you.
God wants you also to serve Him quietly. Some of us think it is only laudable projects that God acknowledges. The next message will prove you wrong, come with me as we read more of the unsung hero and heroine in the Word of God?
Most Of The Great Work Of God Is Done Quietly By God’s Unsung Heroes.
In a day when everyone, it seems wants their name in lights or print, the idea of being an unheralded laborer for God goes down painfully. Yet, God’s true work is done without fanfare. For example, who ever heard of:
- At her funeral this quiet servant of God was exonerated for her “deeds of kindness and charity.” (Acts 9:36, 39) And what were her deeds? That of making underwear for others. UNDERWEAR! (Literally: “undergarments“)
- The little nondescript guy who saved a city. “There was a small city with few men it and a great king came to it, surrounded it, and constructed large siege works against it. But there was found in it a poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom. Yet no one remembered that poor man.” (Ecclesiastes 9:14, 15)
God commands us to do His work without seeking recognition:
“When you do something for someone else, don‘t call attention to yourself… just do it — quietly and unobtrusively.” (Matthew 6:1, 2 – The Message Translation)
Even our private life of prayer with God is to go unnoticed:
“And when you come before God, don‘t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom!… Find a quiet, secluded place so you won‘t be tempted to role play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage… ” (Matthew 6:5, 6 — The Message Translation)
The true servants of God understand that God does not take kindly to sharing His glory:
“My glory I will not share with another.” (Isaiah 48:11)
That is precisely why the real work of God is done quietly and humbly, and most often without the notice or appreciation of others.
Such service may appear to be sacrificial, but God’s mature servants are aware that the true rewards will be handed out by Him in eternity. And for this they are willing to wait!
God will also reward us here on earth by reveling His mind and thought to His children when we call upon Him. he will also bless our bread and water. He will take away sickness from among us.
With this understanding, let us approach the throne trembling with fear (reverence); serving the Lord with gladness and He will bless us.
Let us walk before the Lord blameless this week and we see Him working on our behalf as well in Jesus Name.
Beloved, this week is blessed and the Mighty Hand of God will protect and provide all that we required of Him in Jesus Name Amen!
Remain blessed in the Lord.