The apostle Paul made an intriguing statement in his letter to Timothy, 'This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves...' (2 Timothy 3:1, 2) Pay attention to these words, 'Perilous time shall come because men shall be lovers of their own selves.' Our minds automatically go to the world when we hear and read these words especially when we see what is going on in the secular but the same can be applied to the church. Today a lot of believers in the church are happy to only show up for Sunday services and most are self serving and wallowing in self indulgence without ever giving a thought to serving the Lord who redeemed them from sin and eternal damnation. That is not a criticism of the modern church but a matter of fact statement.
The Christians of yesteryear had a different concept of serving God. They would lay their lives down for the Gospel. It would not be unusual for a young soul to be converted years ago and be aflame to reach the world for Jesus. This was in spite of a lack of technological and communication advancement as well as the travel facilities that we enjoy today. Yet the Gospel reverberated around the world as wild fire. Millions upon millions of souls were added to the kingdom of God. Today we have everything at our disposal and we are not taking advantage of it because many in the church are simply not passionate about serving the Lord.
God has done much for us in the saving of our lives by sending his own Son as our redeemer and sin-bearer. To serve God is not a grievous or hard task because God is a great boss and a great rewarder. In fact the Bible reveals to us that there are great benefits in serving God.
And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. There shall nothing cast their young, nor be barren, in thy land: the number of thy days I will fulfil. I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee. And I will send hornets before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee.
These verses could not be any more clearer to us that serving God is for our betterment and profit. Here are a few benefits of serving God. When you serve God,
- He will bless your bread and water
- He will take away sickness from your midst
- There will be no miscarriage
- There will be no barrenness
- There will be no premature death
- You will have long life and fulfill destiny
- Your enemies will turn away from you
There is no man or woman who serves God that will walk away empty handed. God will never owe you anything
Here is another great undeniable verse that shows the profitability of serving God,
If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
I want to encourage YOU to get involved in serving God. You may ask, 'So how do I serve God?' Allow me to give you seven ways,
- Serve God with your life
- Serve God in your church
- Serve God with your talents
- Serve God with your time
- Serve God with prayers and fastings
- Serve God with your money - tithes and offerings
- Serve God by serving others
You will never be at a loss when you serve God. He has done much for us and he will do much more for you. I want to challenge you with the words of President John Kennedy. In 1961 during his Inaugural Address, President Kennedy uttered these powerful words, 'My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.'
Today, I am asking you, 'My fellow believers, ask not what your God can do for you, ask what can you do for your God.'