Not  In  Service?

Evangelist Vance Havner once said, "A lot of Christians are singing 'Standing on the Promises,'  but they are just sitting on the premises."  They enjoy the fellowship of godly people without entering into the daily joy of living for Jesus.

The Apostle Paul pleads with his fellow believers to "present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" (Romans 12:1).  In verse 11 he adds, "Fervent in spirit; serving the Lord."  To be fervent suggests showing great warmth of feeling, intensely devoted, as referring to a Christian who is "on fire for the Lord."

When the Apostle Paul gave his Christian testimony before King Agrippa, he included that he was "instantly serving God day and night" (Acts 26:7).

To the Ephesian Christians he gave the challenge, "Not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men" (Ephesians 6:6-7).

One day while visiting for the first time in a large city, I was standing on a street corner watching the busy traffic go by.  I saw a city bus coming and was interested in its destination.  When it was close enough to read the sign, I saw that it said, "Not In Service."  It was moving along with traffic on the busy street, but it was of no use as a city bus to take riders toward their destination.  I smiled to myself as it drove by, thinking, "I wonder how many believers in Christ are just like that bus, busy in the flow of daily life, but of no service to the Lord as they are created to be."

May our daily lives be lived in such a way that God has good reason to leave us on earth a while longer:  In service 24/7, always ready to serve the Lord.

P.J. Twist