Thursday, July 1, 2010

Serving His Kingdom

When dining from the world’s banquet...
To then be asked to serve God
And give thanks and glory to Him...
Could give the self-serving a bellyache...
Not wanting to share their plateful of arrogance.

When we have corruption within us...
From the ways of the world...
The word “serve” may not be
Too appetizing to one’s taste...
Unless the tasty dish to be served is for oneself.

When we seek to know God
And embrace His loving bounty...
Serving Him as Lord of our lives will bring us into
His mercy and grace...
And He will flow from within and through us
To those whom we serve...
Out of gratitude for our Sovereign King.

Thank you Father...Amen.

© Sheri * July 2010
About the “Serving His Kingdom” poem...

While contemplating how people grow in Christ, I was taken back to memories that were made back when I was 22, of when I was born again, accepting Jesus as my Savior. From unknowingly harboring many misconceptions about God, I struggled with walking with Him for many, many years to come; mainly due from not understanding His unconditional love.

Back in those earlier years of being transformed, the concept of His grace, not living in condemnation, but through His forgiveness, and not being saved by works, but by faith in Him, to say the least was very confusing for me. Anything that had to do with “self” seemed to me like operating in the flesh instead of in the Spirit, like trying to work one’s way to heaven, trying to earn God’s love. Without learning godly self-control and establishing healthy boundaries, becoming passive and spiritually shipwrecked was inevitable. Joyce Meyer has a saying that I think of often... “God has a part, and you have a part. He will always help you do your part, but He will not do your part for you.” ................Awesome!

From learning of God’s unconditional love (a lifelong process), we have been set free from being slaves to sin. Though we are filled with His Spirit, we still have to make choices to who we will serve, because God has given us a free will. From choosing to live the life He has given us by trusting in Him, leading us to Him when we seek Him, the world’s corruption will fall away from us, no longer having a hold on us; we will long for Him, and nothing else can quench our hunger or thirst.

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