SCRIPTURE TEXT: “And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in His all ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul..” – Deuteronomy. 10:12
God demands our spiritual service as our worship to Him as we see in the following scriptures:
Psalm 2: 11 – Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.
Eph. 6:7 – Serve wholeheartedly as if you were serving the Lord and not men.
Heb. 12:28 – Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
From these Bible passages it is obvious that the major service God demands of us is our fear of Him; our obedience to Him; our love for Him and our joy in doing His will. The Lord is so good that when He commands us to do anything, He Himself also empowers us to do it. See how Jesus Himself doing His Father’s will, came to serve men as we read in Matt. 20:28: just as the son of man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.
We see in John 13:4-5 how He washed the feet of the disciples during the last supper.
In Phil. 2:7 that reminds us that Jesus made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
How do we then serve God the way He wants us to do?
Luke 9:23 says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
First of all, we must deny ourselves and submit totally to the Lordship of Jesus in our lives who alone is the way to God.
We must be obedient to God by being sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Until we have made Jesus our own personal Saviour the Holy Spirit remains outside our hearts.
We do what is the will of God.
Having said all this some may be wondering whether service to God merely is the love of Him. As James says faith without works is dead. Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If anyone says to him Go, I wish you well, keep warm and well fed but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? – James 2:15-16.
We are therefore, enjoined to do good to each other. We are to help the poor and needy; feed the hungry; clothe those who have none, look after the sick, visit prisoners, be hospitable to strangers; and look after those who do God’s work to mention but a few. As Jesus Himself says in Matt. 25:35-36: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Good works glorify God: In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Therefore, even as we wait to serve God, we must remember the balance. It is not enough to do good deeds – and we will not secure our salvation merely by doing good. (Salvation is by faith alone –
Eph. 2:5b & 8-9). Neither is it good to have faith and have no good works, for the great command of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is that when we have the good news, we must be up and going. We must go and make disciples of all nations as we read in Matt. 28 18:19: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations.
PRAYER THOUGHT: “Dear Lord, grant me Your grace and strength to be able to serve you wholeheartedly. Amen”