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Of Serving The Lord (II) 

“But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.” 2 Samuel 24:24 NIV

The root word for serve is often used to mean attending to anything that may serve another’s interest. In our theme scripture, Araunah was willing to give David anything he wanted for his sacrifice at no cost. But David wanted oxen to sacrifice to the Lord, and could by no means sacrifice something that had no value to it, so he insisted to pay for it. When we feel an invitation to serve the Lord, often times many quench it by fitting it into their conveniences. Some serve only when they feel like, some serve when they are single and stop soon as they get the blessing of marriage, some serve until they conceive then stop, and if all laid their reasoning on the table it would seem to make sense.

But Child of God, no blessing in the world should override your response to what God has done in your life. Serving is a response to something you have encountered and known as unchanging truth. The change in posture when any of the mentioned life events happens reveals the fullness of your revelation prior or lack thereof. Jesus clearly stated that the greatest among us was to be a servant (Matthew 23:11). It didn’t preclude that the greatest would be married, a parent, a CEO or a student. 1 Peter 4:11 puts it this way: if anyone serves, let it be from the strength that God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything.

It is not in our own strength that we serve a God who knows all and owns all. It can only be a response to a higher revelation! Praise God.

Prayer: Father I thank you for this truth. I serve wholeheartedly because it is a response to the immeasurable love you show me daily. It will not be said of me that blessings or hardship stood in the way of my allegiance for It is not in my own strength that I serve, but that which you provide. Forgive us for the times we were not diligent and restore in us the heart of service, in Jesus name. Amen! 


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