Reasonable Service: While going through the preparation of chemotherapy, I paid close attention to the kind of services I was receiving. The countless doctors who had studied to become specialists in their field, the nurses who could prick you and find that vein, the surgeons who were able to perform their duties. All of these doctors and nurses were only performing their reasonable services to me. I didn’t have to worry because they were capable of handling their specific duties without hesitation. Which brings me to my thought for today. Are we really doing our reasonable service when it comes to our service unto God? Before you even begin to answer hastily, this question requires a lot a thought, examination and further understanding as to the question that is being posed. Scripture requires us to examine ourselves instead of trying to examine everybody else.
Romans 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
I thought about all of the above due to the kinds of services I received. When each doctor had their own specialty, it was easy for them to diagnose and prescribe the medication needed for each step I had to go through. We all want good service whether it is at a restaurant or shopping, going on vacation, at the bus terminal, getting on the train, getting gas or courteous people. We look forward to the services they present to us. However, When it comes to the service of the Lord, are you giving Him your reasonable service? Paul was urging the Romans to do this very important task. Let us take a daily examination of ourselves and not look at everyone else. Philippians 2:12 – Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now more in my absence, work out your own soul salvation with fear and trembling.
We receive from the Lord every day the fruits of his mercy. Let us render ourselves; all we are, all we have, all we can do: and after all, what return is it for such very rich receivings? It is acceptable to God: a reasonable service, which we are able and ready to give a reason for, and which we understand.
The work of the Holy Ghost first begins in the understanding, and is carried on to the will, affections, and conversation, till there is a change of the whole man into the likeness of God, in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness. Therefore, to be godly, is to give up ourselves to God.
It was an interesting provoking thought for today September 1, 2015.