Text: 1 Kings 19:19-21
Could you do it? Could you drop everything, leave your family, and dedicate your life to the Lord?
This week’s worship focuses on the Savior’s power inspiring us to serve him. We see outstanding examples of dedicated service. The four fishermen left their jobs and their families to become fishers of men. Paul and Barnabas set off on a missionary trip. Today we see Elisha leave all behind to serve Elijah.
Elisha was pretty serious about a life of serving the Lord too. There was no turning back when he sacrificed his oxen and burned his plowing equipment.
Could you do that? Could you leave behind everything to serve the Lord?
You can! Best of all, you don’t have to “drop everything” to serve Jesus. Some of us have dedicated our lives to a life of serving the Lord in what is called the public ministry. We are pastors, teachers, family ministers, etc. This is what we do. We are full time ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
But mailmen can serve Jesus wholeheartedly. So can office workers. And businesswomen. And sales clerks. And any other person–working or not.
All of us have opportunity to serve Jesus when we live with love. We have opportunity to be fishers of men when we let our lights shine and season our conversations with salt. The point is, we can serve Jesus wholeheartedly no matter our vocation. In fact, there are probably people in my congregation that do a much better job witnessing in their everyday lives than I do!
God grant us the willingness and joy to serve Jesus like Elisha, Paul, Barnabas, Peter, Andrew, James, John, and so many more–no matter what our lot or station in life!
Prayer: Lord, make me a willing instrument to serve you in my words and actions every day of my life. You have given me new life in your forgiveness. Now help me live my life for you!
Christ the King has been preparing quite a bit recently for the excitement of calling a new kindergarten teacher as a full time worker in our church and school. See this post for more information about the event. In addition to our discussions and plans for a new kindergarten teacher, we also took some time to study ministry very carefully.
This four week Bible study series on Sunday mornings was meant to remind us all how we can better serve our God and our neighbors. In addition, we took a careful look at some very controversial and highly scrutinized topics such as the public ministry and women in ministry. It was great to review again what God says about the ministry of all believers and the ministry of those who serve publicly on behalf of others.
If you missed any of the lessons, you can view the Bible study guides with answers on the Bible Studies page of this blog.