Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Serving - Here and Now

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he,

I am he who will sustain you.

I have made you and I will carry you;

I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Isaiah 46:4 (NIV)

It was awesome to watch Greg Amelung as he started his first week here at Meadow Heights. The excitement and passion, the extra little “giddy up” in his step – all signs that someone is doing exactly what God has made them to do.

Is that how you have felt about serving God lately? Excited? Ready for the next challenge? Bryan gave us an incredible challenge this past weekend – serve God with all your heart; Here and Now. Or as Paul tells us:

“So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” Romans 12:1 (MsgB)

We had a great response from those turning in their commitments. But can I be honest with you? It’s not enough. God calls all of us to serve Him. It’s not optional. It’s not whether or not you feel like it. It’s not “I’ll serve Him tomorrow.” It’s our responsibility to serve Him here and now.

“Once more you'll see the difference it makes between being a person who does the right thing and one who doesn't, between serving God and not serving him.” Malachi 3:18 (MsgB)

My challenge for you this week is to serve God – each and every day. It might be through worshiping Him, helping a neighbor, finding a ministry at church. Whatever that looks like for you, go for it! Today – here and now. God is always there for you; He came and He rescued. Serving our God should be a natural response to His loving grace. What are you waiting for?

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