Why Should I Serve?

1Samuel 12:24:
But be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.
Romans 12:11:
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Proverbs 9:10:
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.


Definitions
LORD- refers to God
Lord- refers to Jesus
zeal- ardent desire and determination (ardent- intense feeling)
fervor- great warmth and earnestness of feeling (earnestness- serious in intention, purpose, or effort)
serve- to render assistance; be of use; help
fear- reverential awe, especially toward God (reverence- a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe)
Summary
We should never lose our desire to serve the LORD; or to be of use to him. All of our efforts should be directed to bringing honor and glory to God! The purpose of our existence is to glorify God Almighty by performing the works of Jesus Christ. By doing so, we are gathering the sheep to the shepherd.


Fearing the LORD isn't how most people interpret it. If we feared God in the sense that most of us are familiar with fear, how could we rely on him in all ways? We could not; we would be too afraid. Fearing the LORD means having an attitude of deep respect for him. The whole while that this deep respect exists, we are also totally amazed in his ways. This is the beginning of wisdom. What is the beginning of wisdom?- having deep respect and awe toward God and wanting to understand his ways. The wise man respects God and takes great joy in pleasing him. Those that do not possess this wisdom do not understand God nor do they understand his ways and, therefore, have no respect for his commands. Fortunately for us all, God offers direct access to understanding his ways. This access is gained through his Son, the Holy One, Jesus Christ (click the Salvation tab to gain access). No one can gain this wisdom any other way. Once we establish a relationship with Christ, he gradually reveals (as we are spiritually ready) to us the mystery of God, who he is, and what he does.


So then, why should we serve? Because of all the great and wonderful things that God has done for us. Romans 5:6-8 says, "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."


God sent his only Son to die for us so that we might live. Once one comes to this realization and accepts Jesus Christ, then God begins to send blessing after blessing upon us. God can't be out given, his provisions can't be surpassed, and his mercy and love are untestable. God, although we are not deserving, pours out his favor upon us without limits. How can we think for a second that we should not serve him? We can't brothers and sisters, he is far too great! What an awesome God we serve! God bless you! Amen.



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