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Topic: Blessed (10/11/12)
TITLE: A Faithful Service.
By Olawale Ogunsola
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"The Lord has made all for Him,
Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom".
It is no wonder then that the Lord God of Heaven and Earth sees every creature as His servant. He called an unbelieving king, Nebuchadnezzar, His servant. He also referred to the Israelites as His armies. He once called all types of lucust His "great army", which He sent among His people, the Jews, in those days.
This simply means that there is no number to His armies who serve Him with a great service.
For this reason, the people who are called by the name of the Lord cannot be anything less than His servants. He sent Moses to set His people free from Egypt to serve Him.
Therefore, they ought not to fail in this responsibility. The people of God are now those who were first called christians in Antioch. A better picture of those who are the Lord's people are painted here. They are seen as "Little Christs". Why?
The preoccupation of Jesus Christ was, and still is, a faithful service. He declares to every disciple thus,
"Yet I am among you as the One who serves". This means, every "Little Christ" must be a faithful servant. He has given every christian an example to follow.
Without an iota of doubt, we cannot be greater than Him, our Master, who served. We have been sent to serve our generation and cannot be greater than He who sent us. If we know these things and act right, blessed are we!
The Lord does not leave us in the dark as to the scope of the work and where to begin from. He also made known the "weapons of service" available when He said,
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth". Acts 1:8.
After the Holy Spirit has come upon us and we have received power, our faithful service begins from our Jerusalem. This is our homes. This is our households. This is directly under our control.
It is no wonder that the Lord was confident that He knew Abraham would "command his children and household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, ...". Genesis 18:19.
Joshua did this and confidently said in chapter 24:15,
"But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord".
If we serve the Lord faithfully in our household, everyone will praise and call us blessed.
From our homes, we must proceed to our Judea. This is our immediate neighborhood.
Those who are around us must see that we are called by the name of the Lord and are serving Him in their lives.
Then, we must go further to extend our service to every neighboring countries positively as a service to the Lord.
Finally, the service must reach the uttermost part of the world. Thank God who has used technology to turn the world into a global village. We can now reach every corner of the world with our service for the Lord, without racial or color discrimination.
The Lord expects us to serve Him in people's lives according to the ability He has given us. To whom much is given, much is expected.
He only wants us to follow Him fully and serve Him faithfully. How do we do this? By giving food to the humgry, drink to the thirsty, accommodation to strangers, clothe to the naked, a visit to the sick, care for those in prison who are the Lord's brethren, according to Matthew 25:40b.
On the day of separation, those who are on the left, the goats, the unprofitable servants, who failed to serve the Lord will be cast into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The righteous, His army that labor strenuously will be given their rewards by saying,
"Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world". Matthew 25:34.
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