Summary: God’s people are created to serve, called to serve, and prepared to serve.
The month of May is a month where we celebrate and pay tribute to those who serve. May 10th was Military Spouse Appreciation Day where we acknowledged the sacrifices made by our spouses as we serve with long periods of separation. The military life is hard on a family. Last weekend we honored Mothers who serve continually day after day after day. Yesterday was Armed Forces Day where those in military service are honored. Next weekend we will celebrate Memorial Day where we honor those who have served previously in the military and especially remember those who have given their lives in the defense and preservation of our freedom. Today we witnessed the installation of PWOC leadership for the next year and at 1200 after the service there will be a volunteer appreciation lunch. As we speak there are Boy Scout leaders camping with the scouts as they promote to the next level.
Prior to coming into the promised land Moses gave his authority to Joshua. Joshua led God’s people into the Promised Land and served him. Now, Joshua is nearing death so he reminds the Israelites of where they came from and how God had provided for all of their needs through the many journeys they made together. He then challenges them with: “Choose this day whom you will serve.” You see, whether or not we serve is not the question. The question is “Whom will you serve?” yourself, or the Lord.
I) Created to Serve – Genesis 2:15
A common question many people ask is, “Why am I here? What is my purpose?” All we have to do to answer this question in its most basic sense is to go back to the beginning of creation and see that we were created to serve.
Genesis 2:15 says:
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
We are created to be in personal relationship with our God and Heavenly Father. The responsibility and desire to serve Him flows out of that relationship. Since the beginning of time God entrusted us with the responsibility of serving Him by taking care of His creation.
Not only are we Created to Serve but we are also Called to Serve.
II) Called to Serve – Deut 10:12
It is common to hear a pastor or chaplain talk about how the Lord called him or her to serve. The news flash is that everyone here today is called by God to serve. God’s call to you comes through Moses in Deut 10:12 when Moses says,
“And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.”
God does not want just a piece of you or just one hour of your time on Sunday. He wants all of you. He wants you to desire Him and serve Him with all that you are. And the reason he wants us to obey Him and serve Him wholeheartedly is, as the text says, “For our own good.” We will never reach the full potential that we are created to reach until we put ourselves totally, completely, and wholeheartedly back into the hands of our Creator.