Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Just For The Privilege

How many of us serve God just for the privilege of serving Him. Not for what we get out of it, Not for the blessings that we know will come our way, but just for the privilege of being able to serve Him.

That is what a missionary's life is all about. They serve just for the privilege of serving. I mean why else would you go to these third world countries, with no inside toilets, no running water, sleep on dirt floors in grass huts, eat who knows what? How many of us would be able to do this and not complain? I mean there will not be any air conditioning, and in the harsh winter in some of these areas, they have no heat. How many of us are willing to live like this? Not just for a few days or even a couple of weeks or months, but for a much longer period of time. I knew one couple who only got to come home once every 5 years. Something to do with the way the visa worked.

Yet we are here to do God's work and we sometimes struggle with trying to witness to those around us. Why is that? We are proud to be God's people, we call ourselves Christians, we are ready to talk to other Christians about the LORD, but how many of us spend time talking to the lost about the LORD? Are we embarrassed, or ashamed, or intimidated maybe? We talk about how powerful our God is and how greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world, but then when we see someone who is in need of the Lord's grace, we curl up in our corner of ourselves and not share the gospel with them. Why do we let the lost intimidate us? What are we afraid of? The worst they can do is say they are not interested and walk off. But what if just one stops long enough to listen, and a seed is planted on fertile ground? And then one day this person becomes a Christian and shares the gospel with thousands of others?

We never know when that one person is the one we are speaking with at the moment. I read a scripture this morning that got me thinking of how we sit here in our cool air conditioned houses, and we eat whenever, whatever we want to, we go and come as we please and we get so comfortable in our comfort zones that we forget we have the privlege of serving God. Not because we have to, but because we get to. What a honor it is to serve Him. But how many of us see this as an honor and privilege? When we go to church on Sundays, or Wed. nights, or whenever and we give God our little bit of time, we need to stop and think about the missionaries around the world, who are all day long working for the Lord everyday. AMEN!

Let's get out of our comfort zones and ourselves and get into God's zone and really serve Him. AMEN!

2 Cor. 8 v 3-5....."for I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord, and then to us in keeping with God's will"........

How many of us give to the Lord first everyday before we give to ourselves? In other words how many of us get up each day and start the day feeding on His word before we start feeding our mortal bodies? Just like in the Bible, before anyone went out to do God's work they would do a fast, we should fast and get into the word of God each day before we get into ourselves. I promise you will see with a much clearer mind what the Lord is saying to you. And if you are getting ready for a mission trip, remember to fast and seek God before you go. AMEN!

It is our privilege to serve the LORD!

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