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Discover the Book - July 31, 2013

  • 2013 Jul 31
  • COMMENTS
 

Worship Christ through Your Service

For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh - Philippians 3:3, emphasis added

Even our very acts of ministry should be acts of worship that reveal His "worthship," or just how much Christ is worth to us! Motivation is everything; only what is done out of adoration for Christ and love for others will last. We can have such a ministry, serving Jesus in any place, at any time, in any way, and anyhow we are-no matter what is going on in our lives. That is a wonderful way to live!

We can serve Christ in any place. John was isolated on Patmos, far from his home in Galilee, far from the church, far from anyone but God. And yet where was he when Jesus Christ came to reveal himself to him? Revelation 1:10a says, I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day. He was serving God right where he was.

Even though his captors tried to restrict John from witnessing, doing church work, and preaching, he grabbed every opportunity to talk about the Word and all that Christ had done. If we are God's servants we will likewise be talking about the Word, and telling others what Christ is doing in our lives.

We can serve Christ at any time. John was at least eighty years old and near death. He had not seen Jesus for sixty years. Everything had been taken away from him-his scrolls, books, church, freedom, and health-for he had to sleep in a cave. John, however, did not let that defeat him; he still served Christ to the best of his ability.

There are no limits to what God can do through us, no matter what age we happen to be. Even a young child can serve Christ. For example, as a young boy, David served the Lord and meditated on Him. The seeds of all the great psalms were planted back in his boyhood days when he was still a shepherd. God says that we can serve Him at any age in life. That is a comforting thought! There is no mandatory retirement from serving the Lord.

We can serve Christ in any way. We can still serve God regardless of where we are, what is taken away from us, or how hard the times might be. John chose to serve the Lord any way he could, and what he loved to do most was worship Christ.

We can serve Christ no matter how we are. We can serve Christ in any condition in which we find ourselves, even when we are suffering. John was suffering loneliness, pain, discouragement, deprivation, and abuse. Most of all, on this pagan island with the soldiers who worshiped false gods, John was suffering spiritual oppression. Because John was in the forefront in fighting the kingdom of darkness, Satan especially attacked him.

Make a choice to live in hope. You can decide today to emulate John's attitude by asking God to give you this spirit:

"It does not matter where I am: I am going to serve Christ in any place. It does not matter how old I am: I am going to serve Christ at any time of life, even at the very end. It does not matter what my circumstances are: I am going to serve Christ in any way I can, no matter what they take out of my life. It does not matter how I am, even if I am suffering: I am going to serve Christ anyhow. This is my way to worship the glorious ever-present Christ-to show Him just how much He's worth to me!"

If your heart's desire is to serve the Lord in this manner, I encourage you to bow your head and humbly ask Him to use you anywhere you go, and at any time He wants to-and He will. Like Isaiah, tell Him: "Here I am, Lord! Send me!" Then make the words of this beautiful old song become a deep prayer of your heart:

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