I am writing a book on Daniel and can’t wait to get it finished. From Daniel we learn many great secrets on serving the Lord in the Book that bears his name. One of the secrets is what the lost pagans said about Daniel: “The God that you constantly serve.”!!! What if all your lost friends and coworkers said this about you? Maybe they do. What we say today is “The God I believe in.” This may be a subtle difference, yet I think it is profound. Daniel was known for serving and we are known for believing. He made a big impact for the Kingdom.
When all you do is believe you place yourself alongside demons. “They believe in God and they shudder.” Believing is easy, serving takes it to a whole ‘nother level!!! Which one of these two statements best describes you? There is no doubt that belief and not serving is where the Church of America is today. It is a shame! I thought that belief led to serving, but that is not how it is in most cases.
The Church that is full of believers, but the vast majority do not serve in any capacity! Can you be saved and not serve? I think James would challenge that concept. Today we have raised a generation of sitters, not servers. Jesus is our Lord and our example and He was a servant. “Who is greater the one that sits or the one that serves, I am one that serves.” Words from the Word. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. “All the fullness of the godhead dwelt in Him.”
How do we let ourselves off the hook in serving? Not just in the body, but at home and in our community. Have we been more affected by culture than Christ? Is it the Word or the world that informs our worldview, outlook, and our lifestyle?
Just a thought!