Chosen to Seek and to Serve

Here are the sermon notes from 11/10/13.

Introduction:  Tomorrow is Veterans Day.  We appreciate all who have served our country in the armed forces.  It has been said that “all gave some, some gave all”.  Another saying that I like even more is that when a person signs up to serve in the armed forces they are writing a blank check to our country for up to and including their very life.  Our county would not be what it is today without the service of our military members.  Thank you for your service.

I Chronicles 28:9-10

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. 10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”

Although these verses are written about King Solomon, I believe that the basic principles from this message apply to us all. 

I.  Seek and Serve

    A.  Seek God:  Solomon is told that if he would seek God he would find Him.  This is true for all of us.  If we seek God we will find Him.  God created us to be in fellowship with Him. That relationship has been broken by sin but has been restored by the cross.  It is an amazing thing that the God of the universe wants us to be in relationship with Him.  We can come into His presence because of Jesus Christ. 

    B.  Serve God:  Solomon was told to serve God with a loyal heart and a willing mind.  God should be first in our lives.  Our service to Him should be with all of our heart and mind.  We should be willing to do whatever God calls us to do.  When a person signs up for the armed forces, they sign away several years of their life, knowing that the government will be able to tell them where to go and what to do.  Their lives are not their own.  In a similar way, we should serve God without reservation.  He should have our whole life, and not just for a few years, but for a lifetime.

II.  God Has Chosen You

    A.  Consider:  We are not called to build a temple. (Although some are called to build churches.)  We should ask God What God wants us to do with our lives.  In the military, there are many different ways that people serve.  Not everyone is in a combat role.  In the same way, there are many different ways to serve God.  Not everyone is called to be a pastor.  Most people will serve God in their jobs in retail, or manufacturing ,or construction and so on.  Whatever we do, we are to do it as onto the Lord. (Col 3:23)  We are scattered throughout our communities, meant to bring the light of Christ into the darkness of the unsaved world.  We all are called to testify of the love of God,to pray, to live a life that is different from the world.  We should ask God both what He wants us to do, and how He wants us to do it.  We can trust that if we ask God to guide our steps, that He will.  

    B.  Act:  We are not on the sidelines.  Christianity is not a spectator sport.    Be strong and do what God has called you to do.   

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