“John 12:26 (KJV) If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”
Service to God on earth is important. We must give our lives, our time, our resources to honour his name. We were not saved by ourselves, we were saved by the ultimate sacrifice of Christ. He gave himself as a sacrifice for sin and delivered us from its power and hold. We were once servants of sin, we were once held in its confines, but Christ delivered us from the bondage of sin and gave us the freedom we desired. Moreover, with this understanding of what Christ has done, we must use every opportunity we are afforded to serve God with the whole of our lives.
When we serve God faithfully here on earth, he rewards and honours us here on earth and in heaven. Serving God can also mean serving our fellow Christian brethren. God wants us to spread his love, do good to everyone around us. An assurance we have is that he will never forget our labour of love.
“Hebrews 6:10 (KJV) For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
God is just and he will reward everyone according to his or her service. When we serve in any capacity in God’s household, if we are to receive any reward, we must serve with total humility and the right motive. We must not be driven by false intentions. Our service must be pure before Him.
Our talents must be used in service to God. There are individuals in the body of Christ who have sharp insight, some possess a clear understanding, some have a retentive memory, some have been blessed with sound judgement. All these gifts and abilities must be used in service to God. Thankfully, these abilities all have different ways in which they can be put to use in the household of God. On the other hand, some people possess money, some have time, some possess strength, some have influence. These gifts also have various applications in the body of Christ. If God has blessed you with any of these gifts listed or some other gift, you must use them to His glory. It is dangerous to become proud and haughty because of God’s grace upon you. Use God’s gift wisely and you will be rewarded here on earth and in heaven.
In our Bible text (John 12:26), Jesus speaking to certain Greeks mentions that “If any man serve me, let him follow me” This part of the verse is very essential to understanding service to God. Assimilating this is important in serving God the right way. If any man desires to serve God, he must first follow him. That’s the key statement. If you desire to serve God, you must follow Him. Following God means totally doing his will, surrendering your life to his leading. You must rid yourself of sin by embracing his saving grace. When you follow him wholeheartedly, that is when your service will be acceptable.
Maybe you’ve been serving God without following him, sadly, I want to tell you that there is no reward for such service. If you want to reap the reward of faithful service to God, you must first follow him and do his will. If you want to make that decision today, say this prayer;
Father, I want to serve you in the right way. I am tired of serving sin and the devil. I confess my sins and repent from all my evil ways. Forgive all my sins and wash me clean with the precious blood of your Son, Jesus. All my life I want to follow you and do your will so that I will reign with you. Grant me the grace to do this Lord. Amen.
Welcome to the family of God. Now serve God with your life, live holy before Him and serve Him with your substance. God bless you.
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