Monday, February 1, 2010

How Do you Serve the Lord?

Sometimes we are willing, be just not sure where to start. How can you find out what God requires of a servant? Once again, I say go to His Word, the Bible. If yours has a concordance in the back, look up the word serve, or servant and go to the references it gives. His Word is truth and will stand forever. The requirements for a servant of God never changes.

Psalm 100 in the Old Testament tells you to "serve him with gladness", not with a "Why do I have to do this?" attitude. Your attitude when you serve is very important to God, so it should be important to you as well.

Come to him when you pray and when you worship with a song of praise on your heart. I Chronicles 28:9 will give you a little more:

"know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts

Remember what we said about attitudes? You can't hide the attitude with the Lord. He wants you to surrender you heart and mind to him to allow him to teach you his ways. II Chronicles 29:11 gives you another clue.

"My sons, be not now negligent: for the LORD hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye should minister unto him"

The Lord wants you to learn of him and carefully follow his instructions. Don't be careless and unthinking. God knows that there are times when you will not want to do things His way. It is the sinful nature that is trying to regain control again. He gives you warning not to be rebellious, but to yield yourselves to him.

"Now be ye not stiffnecked(hardheaded, rebellious), as you fathers were but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD you God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you. IIChronicles 30:8

God wants His servant to submit (yield) to Him. Come to His house to worship him with the rest of his servants.

"Not forsaking the asembling of ourselves together as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Hebrews 10:25

He has promised that we are going to recieve a kingdom (heaven).

"Wherefore we recieving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:Hebrews 12:28

With that promise,God gives us another key as to how we are to serve Him: with reverence and godly fear. Now,turn to Psalm 101:6, to find another requirement of a servant.

"Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me."

In this verse he tells us that he is looking for a faithful servant, one who is perfect or complete. No person is perfect, there is only one perfect and that is God. But through him we can strive to be in his likeness. He can daily try to be the best that we can be for him.

Then the final requirement that we will look at is in Luke 4:8.

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

God doesn't want or need a servant that is there to serve one day and off somewhere else the next, serving their own desires. He will not share his servants with anyone. Because of that you can read in this next verse:

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold or hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15,16

If you look at the way God wants you to serve him and think about it,you will see that you attitude is one of the most important job requirements to God. He doesn't want someone who knows all the right words to say, but whos' heart is cold toward him. Neither does He want a person to serve Him because they have to. If he did, then he could have made you a slave from the beginning, after all he is the Creator. God loves you
and he wants you to love him as well. He wants you to serve Him out of a heart of love and thankfulness for all he does for you.

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