Fighting To Avoid Serving The LordPsalms 100:2: Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Proverbs 10:22: The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
When individuals believe that they served God but then regretted it, they were not truly serving the Lord, they were serving themselves. When they believe they are serving others but regret it, they are not truly serving others, they are serving themselves. I cannot think of a single thing that I ever did for the Lord that I would undo. But I can think of scores of things that I did for myself that I have regretted deeply.
Do you know Christians who avoid going to church? We should pray for them. If they had attended church to serve the Lord they would have been glad. If they went to serve themselves, they were not glad. A desire to serve self keeps countless individuals from being blessed by a church and keeps them from attending regularly.
Many Christians will cross oceans and suffer great hardship to serve the Lord. Others refuse to get out of bed and drive a few blocks to serve Him. I have heard more than once of a young man who swore that he loved his girl-friend so much that he would swim an ocean or climb a mountain to be with her and if it didn*t rain on Saturday he would come and see her.
I know Christians that seem to fight harder to avoid serving the Lord than they fight to serve Him. They go to greater lengths to avoid serving Him than to serve Him. They have more excuses not to serve Him than reasons to do so. It takes more energy to avoid serving the Lord than it takes to serve Him. People that avoid serving Him avoid the best gladness too.Proverbs 13:15: Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
Matthew 11:28-30: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The title of a wonderful message by Pastor Dan Lupton that I heard some years ago was The Buoyancy of The Cross. While the crosses Christians take up can seem unbearably heavy, the crosses are what carry them. If we don*t take up our crosses, we have to carry the load of our own sin and that is far heavier and will bring us far lower.Luke 9:23: And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Do we go to greater lengths to serve the Lord or not to serve Him?
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