31Aug

We will serve the Lord…

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As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. -Joshua 24:15

I made a project last week with this verse. And, many Christians I know have this verse on a plaque or picture hanging somewhere in their home. It’s a source of pride almost. We are responding to a call, like a warrior off to battle, Come what may, regardless of the circumstances, obstacles, or alternatives offered, “We will serve the Lord.”

But, do we really serve Him? We believe in Him. We may have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We may go to church on Sundays or occasionally. But, that’s not what the verse says. In most translations, it says “serve.” We will serve the Lord. And, sometimes, I think we have forgotten what that means.
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James gives us a picture of this in James 2:14-19. He goes into a deep discussion of faith vs. works.
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What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such a faith save him? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well. keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

In the same way, faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead. “But someone will say, “You have faith. I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.
James 2:14-19
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This is not to say that works will save you, or that we could somehow earn our salvation through good works or service. We can’t. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God. But, as James reminds us, faith isn’t enough. Simpley believe that God exists is not enough. Satan and the demons believe that God exists. We have to worship and serve him as well.
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Do your actions speak your faith? A lot of us have pictures, jewelry, t-shirts, etc. that speak our faith. But, do our actions speak our faith? Are we really serving God with our lives? I want my actions–the way that I treat people and live my life–to be a testament to my faith much more than the words I speak or the verses that I have written on the walls of our home. Those things are useless without my actions and service to go along with them.
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And, here is the project I made, using the Pebbles Downtown collection, from A Walk Down memory Lane.


 
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  1. Julie Camacho says:

    Crystal- What an awesome reminder! And sooo true! Thank you for the encouragment and the reminder. Have a great week.

  2. Great post! It was such an encouragement to me. September is a busy month for me and my friends as we are gearing up to start our MOPS meetings for this year. Your words have helped me to focus and remember truly why we are doing all of this work. It is to serve the Lord! Thank you so much. Blessings, Hope

  3. Georgina, says:

    welcome back Crystal! Ive missed you and your inspiration!

  4. This is what the Sunday sermon was about at the church service I attend….it is something we need to constantly to reassess about ourselves….too easy to be come comfortably passive these days. Thanks, Crystal!

  5. Love this…!!!!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I am so proud to be married to a woman who isn't afraid to speak about Our Lord and Savior. It's comforting to know that even if we disagree about a few fleeting things, that we totally agree on Jesus and everything He is about. I want both our boys to grow up with your heart. You truly are an inspiration to me everyday! Your in Love Husband, Chad

  7. scrappinmomto2girls says:

    Amen! This was a very nice post to read tonight. TY for sharing your love of Jesus,Blessings!Margaret

  8. Thank you for reminding us!

  9. Wonderful perspective! A wonderful reminder too!

  10. I love your creation! Very simple, yet full of details! Thank you for your wonderful words on serving our Lord!

  11. Crystal– serving Him in all I do is definitely something He has put on my heart for quite some time. I am so grateful to have you as my friend to help me on this journey! Your thoughts, your actions are an incredible reflection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and help me so much! Thank you for sharing your heart with me!! Blessings and hugs my dear sister in Christ!!

  12. Linda Beeson says:

    It has always been important to me to have this declaration somewhere in our home over the years. I think that for one thing, I is important for our children to see that in their everyday lives and be reminded of that stance as they start making their own decisions.

  13. Crystal,This is a great reminder. I have been wanting to put this verse somewhere in our house, and now I am inspired to do it! Thanks for your sweet heart for our Lord and your willingness to share it with all of us!

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