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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Scripture Challenge {Week 42}

Week 42 Challenge Word: Serve

Last week we talked about how service helps us to trust in the Lord, and it humbles us. Well, what exactly is service? Webster’s says it is “to do duties for; give service to; aid; assist; help; to give obedience and reverent honor to God; the serving of God as through good works, prayer, etc.”

What gifts has God given you? Has He asked you to use those gifts for His purpose? What has been your response? Do you question God or come up with excuses why you cannot serve? God is with us and enables us in the service He calls us to.

Moses questioned God when God called him to bring the Israelites out of Egypt. Look at Exodus 3:11-12 “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ And God said, ‘I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.’" God tells us He will be with us when He calls us! God uses us just as we are. We will never be perfect or completely ready for a task. We are to obey and depend on Him.

Our time of service never ends either. Now I don’t want that to be a discouragement. It should be an encouragement! Just think, the Lord can always use you! He has a purpose for you! How very exciting! There is no retirement. Exodus 7:7 tells us that “Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.” This was the first of many meetings with Pharaoh. Can you imagine beginning such a huge work at 80 years old? In our humanness, we would not be able to do that but with God, we certainly can! And Moses served with God’s divine enabling, and he did not die until he was 120 years old! Deuteronomy 34:7 says “Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.” How amazing is that!

Even Jesus came to serve! Mark 10:45 says “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Jesus came to serve! He even washed His disciples feet to set an example for us! Read John 13:1-17. What an amazing picture!

God has created us to serve Him as evidence of our faith. What will you give up to serve Him? Where is He calling you?

For my card this week, I used the fun kit from Create My Keepsake again. I just LOVE this kit! In fact, I just finished a layout for Unity Stamp Co. using this same kit. Lisa can sure put some amazing products together. :) Anyway, here is my card:
Aren't the month/day/year/time papers perfect for serving? I also cut the felt flower from the kit and turned it into two hearts: one for the front of the card and one for the back. I want to remember that we need to love and enjoy our service to Him not make it a task we check off on a list. The scriptures I chose were many but only two would fit. They are:

1 Samuel 12:24 "But be sure to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart."
Romans 15:17 "Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God."

Remember, serving God is all about Him not about us. Enjoy, and listen to where He may be calling you to serve. Blessings for a joyous week ahead!

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