2nd June 2012

The Only Sensible Response – Serve The Lord

“…not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;”
Romans 12:11 (NKJV)

There can be nothing greater and more satisfying that being able to spend ourselves in the work of the Lord.  It is a privilege that is enjoyed by few.  Yet this is an opportunity that many could be involved with, if only they knew it.

It is not necessary to be an elder, or hold some position of responsibility in a church, to be able to serve the Lord.  We are all able to serve in our day to day lives.  We don’t need some certificate or badge to permit us to be about the Lord’s work.  He is at work, at all times, in our lives.  The degree to which we respond to what he has done for us, we serve him.  Let’s go back to the keynote scripture for this series of studies:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)

Paul  appeals to the response that ought to be ours, of living sacrificial lives; striving to live in holiness. Considering what God has done for us, this is our service, which is acceptable to God., ,.  Now he picks up that thought in verse 12, and encourages us to do so with diligence and fervency of spirit.  Half-hearted, wishy-washy efforts are not the order of the day.  We need to take seriously what God has done and what our response should be.

We should always remember that we are not being asked to do this alone.  Jesus promises he will never leave us nor forsake us. He tells us to take his yoke upon us because his yoke is easy and his burden is light.  A yoke is often used to join two animals together to make the work easier on them.  When Jesus asks us to take his yoke we are to picture him being in the other half of the yoke, easing the burden.

With this encouragement we can be diligent in going about the Lord’s work, knowing that he is right there with us, bearing the burden with us and making it possible for us to contribute our part to the service of the Lord.  Let’s be encouraged to be diligent and fervent in spirit in this wonderful calling from God, in whatever opportunities he gives us.

Prayer
Father in heaven, you are to be blessed, honoured and worshipped in all your work.  Thank you that you have given me the opportunity to know you and to appreciate all that you have done for me.  May I be about your work this day with diligence and fervency of spirit as I live my life in your service.
Amen
 

Study by David Stirk

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