Posts Tagged ‘Serving’


Acts 28:30-31
For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. Boldly and without hindrance he preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sometimes, the most challenging aspect of our walk with the Lord is the monotony. Paul was a man after God’s own heart and from the moment of his conversion, he was a man with a zeal for God and served God to the Jews and gentiles with his all. Yet he was imprisoned, doubted, challenged, mocked and rejected for his faith. As Paul’s journey continued to Malta, then to Syracuse, Rhegium, Puteoli and finally to Rome, he continued to serve God faithfully by sharing the gospel with all whom he met, by encouraging the brothers in each location if there was a body of believers and by walking the straight and narrow. What did it take for him to be so driven to serve God through such trying circumstances?

Yesterday at Church, we were introduced to a new believer who just got baptized. In him, I saw a deep yearning for God and a walk that I would love to call my own. In him I saw the joy of forgiveness and the realization of what Christ had done for him. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, is it not a challenge that soon we start living life back in our own terms and drift away from God? Is that not a worry to you? I now remember how the Lord saved me and what the sweetness of His forgiveness was when I was saved. I now know what Paul saw daily as he served the Lord faithfully until his final days. Lets remember and lets certainly not forget!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Matthew 23:33-39

“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’

 

Today’s chapter shows the anguish in Jesus’ heart for how the priesthood of Israel were misleading God’s people for their own selfish reasons. They are warned of unimaginable ends and some of it seems too ancient for us to worry or consider except for the fact that Jesus speaks to us today in the same manner as he spoke to them then. The warning holds true today as much as at that point in time because we are not living lives that give glory to our maker. We live lives that give glory only to ourselves and this is far from God’s will for our lives.

Here in Canada, today is the day when people remember those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty for their country. To us as Christians, today is also the day when we remember those who lost their lives in service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How appropriate that the passage this morning above reflects the atrocities committed to God’s anointed ones who lost their lives and suffered for his name. If you are not serving God and living a life glorifying his name, you are the lost sheep that Jesus came to save and I encourage you to ask Jesus what he wants of you and invite him into your life today so that you can enjoy the gift of eternity and the assurance of salvation possible only through the death and resurrection of Jesus for our sins!

In His Loving Service,

Vineet