Royal but Fierce: Third Edition
Praise God for the Opportunity to Serve
One of the greatest satisfaction that we enjoy is the privilege to be found useful in the house of the great monarch of Zion. It is such a privilege to be able to be in the service of an eternal being that did not need the help of any being to frame the world as it is full of its colors and complexities. The Psalmist clearly understood this when he asked rhetorically in awe of God’s special interests in man in Psalms 8:4; that what is man that God is so mindful of us? What is man that he is so heavily invested in us that he derives pleasure in having us serve in his kingdom, not as servants but as Kings and priests (Rev.1:6)? What a privilege indeed!
According to our anchor text for today; it is evident enough that we are what we are even in the service of God because he has so chosen us to be.
"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." - John15:16.
Whether you are an Apostle or a sanctuary keeper or the president and Chief Executive of a multinational; God has specially chosen you to be so and has therefore blessed you to the degree of his eternal counsel and purpose over your life. And this reality is a humbling one, such that we recognize that we are, as little as we are, quite important to the eternal grand plans of God. So we find eternal relevance in our service unto God both through men and for men. Because in serving the will of the Father, we must serve such through men. This is true because God created us in bunches and not as single entries. And so when God looks at us, he does not see a man but a generation that he has chosen; a nation that he wants to hold, a priesthood that he has bequeathed royalty, and a people that should be peculiar (1 Pet.2:9). This is the ultimate goal of our service unto God on earth. That through us, God can actualize his eternal glory of having a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a peculiar people out of us, hallelujah!
So our prayer focus is primarily to appreciate the Lord for this privilege of being found useful to serve in his eternal grand plans. Appreciate the mercies of God that he is thoughtful of you and therefore intentional about your matter in blessing you with skills, resources; material and persons, graces, and wisdom to be of service to humanity. That you also derive a sense of joy and fulfillment in being useful is something to appreciate God for.
Let Us Pray
Heavenly father, like the Psalmist we recognise that we are nothing without you, absolutely nothing. We thank you for the privilege to serve not only in your house but also serve your purpose to and through men. We take a pledge to continually make ourselves available for service and like the prophet Isaiah; whenever you call our only response shall ever be; "here I am Lord, send me!"
In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen!