Go..and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father...Son and...the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Call to Serve

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

           


Throughout the Scriptures, God calls us to faithful service. As He repeats His commands to the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 13, we read,

“You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him.” -Deut. 13:4

In addition to obedience to God, fearing Him, and keeping His commandments, we are called her to serve Him. Let us then consider together what it means to serve the Lord.

            I have been reminded several times lately of the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 84. There we hear about the joy of serving in God’s house.

“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” -Ps. 84:10

Here we are reminded what a joy it is to be a part of God’s house. The psalmist can find joy in even the simplest of tasks: a doorkeeper in God’s house. Serving the Lord doesn’t have to involve us doing the most public or most important jobs. Serving the Lord can be as simple as being a greeter (in a way, the doorkeeper) at church.

            This call to serve the Lord doesn’t just come to us in the Old Testament though. Yes, God calls us to service through the giving of the commandments, but we hear that call to serve repeated in the New Testament as well. There St. Paul writes,

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” -1 Cor. 12:4-7

Each of us is gifted by God in different ways. I won’t include for you here the whole list of gifts St Paul referee to, but I encourage you to look up what St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 12 about the different gifts God gives to His church.

            Given the unique gifts God has given to each of us, we have each been called to serve in unique ways. As our previous psalm stated, some are called to be the doorkeepers in God’s house: ushers, greeters, and so on. If we go back to Exodus though, we can see as God called people of all different trades to aid in the construction and maintenance of His house: carpenters, metal workers, textile workers, tailors and so forth. You can read all about the various skills and crafts involved in the construction of the tabernacle in Exodus 31.

            Keeping this in mind, God calls on us all to serve in His house in various ways as well. He has gifted us with different abilities and as St Paul said in 1 Cor. 12, we are to use those gifts for the common good. In Ephesians 4, St Paul words it slightly differently, here listing some different gifts and positions God gives to His church,

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” -Eph. 4:11-13

The various gifts God has given us work together to build up the body of Christ.

            So today I ask you to consider, how has God gifted you for service in His house? The church has many opportunities for serving the Lord. Perhaps God is calling you to serve on a board, helping to lead His church. Perhaps He is calling you to help with worship in His house, greeting, ushering, altar guild, and so on. Perhaps you are called to use your talents in His service like the craftsmen in Exodus. Whatever the case, I urge you to consider how you can serve the Lord in His house as He has called us all to do. May God bless us all as we serve Him with gladness!

Pastor Nathan Peitsch

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