Welcome again to this week's word for the week. What a privilege it is to serve the Lord. While that is still said today it is not as often nor is it completely understood. Do you know what that truly means? Do you fully grasp how serving God is a privilege and not something we just do? The principle itself is not difficult at all. We simply need to get out of self in order to understand the real meaning.
Let's take a natural look at serving and that will help us to cut down on the time this week. Imagine that you go to a place to eat. When you get there, someone is there to seat you. When they leave then someone else who is your server comes to your table to take your order. As you know, you are the one who is paying for the service so it's not up to the server to pick your meal for you. That is something that is entirely up to you. After all, you are there to be served so it's your choice.
At no time would the server try to tell you what to do. They may suggest various meals if you ask or inform you of the specials but the choice is up to you. If that server tried to tell you what to eat and regardless to what you ordered they still served you what they wanted there would be a problem. You would not be happy because it is not up to your server to dictate anything. They are there to simply take your order, relay to the people in the kitchen, wait on your meal to be prepared, and then bring it out to you. Along the way, they check to see if you need anything else.
Now, ask yourself this question when it comes to God. Do you serve Him as requested? Do you still insist on bringing Him what you like or do you bring Him what He asked for? The same way you would not be pleased if the server brought out something you didn't ask for is the same way God is not pleased when we give Him what He didn't ask for. We don't get to pick what we think He wants. The truth is all we have to do is follow what He says. If you live long enough then you will also realize that's easier said than done if you're not careful.
When I traveled thirty years ago you needed a map to get you from place to place. You had to follow the directions or you would get lost. Then along came a device called Tom Tom that was popular for years and finally navigation systems. All three of them require the same thing to reach your destination. You must follow them. The bible declares Jesus Christ as the same yesterday, today, and forever more. All we have to do is follow Him and we also will reach our destination.
Give this some thought as we close. The way to heaven is not known by any of us. We must follow God in order to get there. That journey begins right here for you and I. We must, not should, follow Him. There is a difference. Anything you must do only works one way. Any thing you should do has options and alternatives. There is no other way on this course. We must follow God at all costs. May I submit one final point? The roadmap hasn't changed? The bible is still the same. That means if you learn to follow it today you never have to worry about getting lost no matter what technology may exist. It is a simple map. Follow the leading of Christ and it will lead you to the Father. Follow the leading of self and it will lead to hell. One place is filled with freedom and the other is filled with fire and brimstone. Which one are you headed to?
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon