In yesterday’s message we studied the temptation of Jesus and His victory over the devil. One of the verses that continues to resonate in my mind and in my heart is Luke 4:8. In response to Satan’s enticement that Jesus bow down and worship him, Jesus replied by quoting Deuteronomy 6:13 – “You must worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.”
Deuteronomy six is a call for the nation of Israel to be wholeheartedly committed to the Lord their God. Included within that great chapter is the celebrated Shema, which became Judaism’s basic confession of faith. It is from this powerful chapter that Jesus responds to Satan’s prompting to be worshipped.
How does that apply to us? Well, just like the Israelites, we have been commanded to both worship AND serve the Lord. Worship and service go together. Worship without service is empty, and Christian service without worship is just busyness. Real, vibrant worship leads us to serve the Lord and His body. In turn, passionate and dedicated service causes us to worship more fervently. They go hand-in-hand.
Sadly though, statistics show that many more believers worship than serve. The percentages in the average church are quite dismal, only 10-15% of the congregants are actually serving. For some reason, their worship is not propelling them to serve. That certainly begets the question, “what are they worshipping?” Is God truly the object of their worship?
With that said, in 2014 we want to challenge our HCC family to find a place of service. Thankfully there are scores of areas in which you can participate. Some of the ministries involve physical labor while others involve the use of your skills and talents. A few of the ministries are public while many of them are behind the scenes. In the next few blog posts, I will highlight various ministry opportunities. Our prayer is that you will find your niche; that you will find your place of service.
In Joshua 24:15 we find Joshua’s historic statement: “But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Let me challenge you to be like Joshua. Allow your worship to propel you to serve. I guarantee that not only will you be blessed by serving, but also your worship will be more vibrant.