WEEK 13: Fear and Serve God
“Only fear the LORD and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things He has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.” (1 Samuel 12: 24-25)
“Fear the Lord! Serve the Lord!” These are not very common teachings in many Western churches any more. Rather, God is presented as a ‘sugar daddy’. Christianity became more about what can we get from God to spoil ourselves instead of fearing and serving God. However, the concepts of fearing and serving the Lord dominated both the Old and the New Testaments. The lives of many great men of God like Moses, David, Peter and Paul were all marked by their fear of God and service to God.
Solomon concluded his analysis of life’s experiences and life’s meaning with “fear God and keep His commandments…” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, NKJV). Jesus’ parable of the talents teaches about serving God with fear (Matthew 25:14-30). Likewise, Paul’s teaching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit also implies our responsibility to serve God according to our calling and gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-11).
In conclusion, Christian life is a life of fearing and serving God as much as growing in God’s love and grace. Do not be fooled by the self-centred, ‘feel good’ sermons or ‘consumer friendly’ teachings of prosperity preachers. You are here to fear and serve God.