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Serving The Lord

Romans‬ ‭12:11‬
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

There are times we must respond – right away. No hesitation! No delay. The question that might be asked is this – will we be ready to respond when called upon?

Preparing for the unknown is something that some do well and some do not. We’ve all heard the phrase – prepare for the worst and hope for the best – I would imagine. If you are a normal planner – this isn’t hard for you. If you typically fly by the seat of your pants or are somewhat less of a planner – it might be hard.

For instance – one shouldn’t wait until retirement to begin to plan for it. Savings and investments take time. Planning about when to retire and where to live upon retirement take time to plan. Even planning – some – of what you will do in retirement can be a help.

Another example – coming to agreement with your spouse on certain issues before they actually arise. For instance – how many children we would like or even if we want children and when – might be something to talk about and even have some agreement upon before one marries.

Serving the Lord is another area where planning and preparation is important. We need to seek ways to serve the Lord and plan to be used of God. We shouldn’t sit and hope that God shows us where to serve. Rather we should seek ways to serve and God will show us when we are on the right path.

One such opportunity came Sunday in the 11 am service. At our church – First United Methodist Church of Laurel – we have a Good Samaritan Fund. In some churches this is called the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. If we waited till a need was presented to put money into this account – we might missed an opportunity like Sunday morning. A young woman – during the praise and prayer time – mentioned that she was leaving the Hope House – a rehabilitation center across the street from our church. We often have 10-15 residents from this home each Sunday morning. The normal stay is 21 days and the first week residents are usually not allowed to leave the home. So – we might see them once or twice – maybe three times depending on when they arrive. This young woman was concerned that she didn’t have the money (her mom didn’t get paid till Friday) to continue her journey and was asking for prayers as she will leave the home the next day (today). She was asking for prayers that she would be able to remain strong from her release until she could get into the next stop on her journey.

As our church’s pastor and as our church has been proactive to donate toward this fund in advance – I was able to tell her – as we prayed for her – that God would provide (and to see me after worship). Because we were prepared to serve our Lord – by planning ahead of the need – we were able to give her the gift of the money (by check made out to her new home) she needed to get right into the next home in her journey toward continued sobriety. It is such a blessing to serve a church that plans to be in ministry – to serve our Lord.

We shouldn’t wait to serve our Lord. We should prepare to serve now and then get busy in ministry and see where God takes us.

Today’s passage – Romans‬ ‭12:11‬ – Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord – reminds me that we should never lose our zeal for serving our Lord. We should have spiritual fervor to serve our Lord. And the bottom line – we should serve our Lord. If you would like to donate and serve our Lord – you can do so here.

Something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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March 27, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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