HOW TO SERVE THE LORD
Soughtout E. Matthew
God of heaven and the earth, the father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is worth our service. Jesus told them the devil when he tempted Him to obey and worship him, that it is God alone that is worth to be worshipped or served, see Matthew 4:10.
By the law of first mentioned, the Greek word for SERVE implies to minister or to minister to God, that is, to render religious homage. It also means to do the service, to worship or be the worshipper.
God deserved to be worshipped by His creation and not His creation worshipping each other or making other creatures of God an object of worship. Matthew 4:10 says, “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
God wants us be His worshippers. He want us minister to Him. He wants us render religious homage to Him. He wants us do His services. He wants Him alone to be worshipped by us.
Now, we have know what it means to serve God, let’s proceed on how we can serve Him:
HOW GOD IS TO BE SERVED
- WITH ALL OUR HEARTS:
Your heart and I are need in serving or ministering to God. It is needed in worshipping Him. It is needed in going before Him.
In the book of 1 Samuel 12:20, it is written: “And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;”
When our hearts are not in the service or worship of God, we can easily stop following Him. That’s why God doesn’t just need our hearts. He needs all of it. He doesn’t want anything to share our heart with Him. He wants us to give Him full place in our hearts. And don’t forget, your heart is the centre of your life. Everything about our lives proceeds from our hearts. That’s why God as our father is demanding for our hearts and when we do, our eyes shall observe and we shall follow His ways, and love Him every day of our lives.
Proverbs 23:26 “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”
- WITH REVERENCE:
Psalm 2:11 says, “Serve the LORD with fear…”
The word reverence is synonymous to respect. God deserves our respect in our service to Him. As we render worship to God through our offerings, we should do it with reverence. This is because; He is honourable.
One things God cannot joke with is His honour and respect. Once He sees anything threatening His hour and respect He questions and tells us about the consequential effect of such action. Here is what God said in Malachi 1:6-14: “A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts. Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.”
God have no regards to those who treat Him without respect. And for Him to bless us in our service for Him, we should learn to serve Him with reverence.
- WITH GLADNESS:
Singing is a proof of being in a joyful mood. The Psalmist said in Psalm 100:2, “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”
God is not looking for people that will serve Him with their faces frowned. The reason is that in His presence; there is fullness of joy and at His right hand, there are pleasures forever more, See Psalm 16:11.
When Gods people don’t serve Him with gladness, He allows us serve the enemy so we could see how better it is to serve the Lord than serving the enemy.
Deuteronomy 28:47-48 “Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.”
Perhaps, God have not answered your prayers; don’t let it cause you to lose your joy in serving Him. Perhaps, your heart desires have not been granted to you by God, don’t let the enemy use it to steal your joy in serving the Lord. Prophet Habakkuk said in Habakkuk 3:17-19, “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.”
Hope you could see what the prophet did when expectations were not manifesting? He kept his joy intact and he was cause to walk upon his high places on the earth. Same thing will happen to you if you keep your joy in serving God intact in challenging time.
Would you not like to do that?