IN GOD’S WORD

By Mike Mills

IN GOD’S WORD

            Service to the Lord, are we supposed to serve Him? (Eccl. 12:13-14) Solomon, the wisest man who has ever lived, after long life, at times, filled with strife, came to the conclusion stated in this scripture. That the only thing we should be concerned about is serving the Lord, for in the end, nothing else matters. Not gold nor silver nor any worldly thing only the Word of God (Jesus Christ) and our service to Him.

            So how am I to serve Him, I have a job, a family, bills to pay, my own life to live and I’m doing all I can. (Micah 6:8) Through Micah; God tells us that He has already shown us what is right through His word and He tells us just what He requires of us in service to Him, each day. (1) Do justly – “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (2) Love mercy – “be the Good Samaritan, when you see someone in need, help them.” (3) Walk humbly with your God – (humble – from the Latin origin, the word, humilis –low or lowly, in English – to lower oneself in dignity or importance, to submit)

So, what does that translate into for me in service to my Lord? To submit to God’s will and not your own wishes each day.

I get to church when I can and I am trying to do right, isn’t that enough? How on earth can God expect more from me? (Hebrews 10:38) God tells us through Hebrews that the justified, the born-again, will live by faith, but for those who shrink from that faith, from that service, that His soul has no pleasure in them. (2 Samuel 6:3-7) In this example of people serving the Lord, we see David and the people of Israel moving the Ark of the Covenant on a new cart being pulled by oxen. During this move one of the oxen stumbled and one of the men who was driving the cart, Uzzah the Son of Abinadab, reached out to protect the Ark from perhaps falling. Immediately God struck him down (killed him). Now Uzzah was serving the Lord and even though his intentions were honorable in protecting the Ark, he disobeyed God by touching the Ark and died for it. God had given explicit directions how the Ark should be carried but Uzzah violated those directions, choosing to do it his way instead. He didn’t trust God to protect it from falling.

            You see the spiritual truth is this; blessing does not follow even the best of intentions in the service of God, except as that service is rendered in God’s way, by His wishes. In other words, service is not done in an attempt to receive blessings nor salvation, no, service is done because you have already been saved, you have already received your blessing, and service is your duty because of salvation. Service is not to be done “as you wish” but “as God wishes.”

            So, are you really doing “all you can” for God, or, are you simply doing “all you wish” to do. Are you giving to God only that which you are willing to take away from your worldly activities? You make that call, as I am not here to judge, only to inform. God does the judging of us all, you as well as me. (Ephesians 4:30) “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Nothing will be excused; all will be accounted for, good or evil. Are you sure you are doing all you can for God

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