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The greatest thanks you can give!

Thanks to God All scriptures displayed are King James Version unless indicated otherwise. The greatest thanks you can give to God is your service. Romans 7:25 “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” A thousand thank you(s) can never measure up to Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Nevertheless we can thank God by serving Him in our attitude, in our giving, in our ministry. In whatever we do, do it to the Lord. 2 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Definitions of serve: Serve: subordinate, submit, be used by, devote, and serve a purpose, role or function, to attend at command; to wait on. Minister: to give, to attend to, serve Obey: to comply with the commands, orders, instructions of a superior, or submit to the direction or control of. God wants us to serve Him. Colossians 3:24 “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” We serve God by serving others. Galatians 5:13 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Serve God with truth in your heart, the truth is that Jesus Christ is Lord and He deserves our full surrender. Serve Him faithfully, 1 Samuel 12:24 “Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.” Serving God not through obligation but through relationship with Him. Serve God faithfully in His sight with reverential fear and sincerity. Hebrew 12:28 “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace (thankfulness), whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:” You can serve without love but you cannot love without serving. True service is done in a heart full of love. The very nature of God is to serve. Matthew 20:28 “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”(ESV) Minister and serve are used interchangeably in the scriptures with slight differences. Minister can also denote worship unto the Lord. As you see in Acts 13:2 “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” (ESV translation- Acts 13:2 “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”) When we commit all are things to the Lord that is worship, when we give our offering, our time and effort to the things of the Lord that is worship. So while we are serving we focus on giving God the ultimate glory; that’s worship. Worship is a lifestyle, we need an attitude of gratitude, we need to be thankful always and be in lasting appreciation of the wonder of His ways, to the richness of His mercy and His everlasting grace, fulfilled in His Son Jesus Christ. 1Thessalonians 5:16 ‘Rejoice always.’ If you claim to have love in your heart, and do not have a desire to serve God by serving others, then love is not really in your heart. 1 John 4:8 “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” So when we have love in our hearts then we will truly want to serve others as Christ came to serve us. Galatians 5:13 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Thanking God is important, (Philippians 4:6), however, thank you(s) done in action is greater than a thousand thank you(s) said in words. The definition of thank: To express gratitude for a favor, gratitude is the feeling or sentiment excited by kindness; thanks are the expression of that sentiment. Therefore thank you is an expression, so it can be expressed in thoughts, words and in action. The greatest of these is action because it combines all three in one. If you live a lifestyle of thanks to the Lord it will be a lifestyle of serving. Putting others before you is the greatest thanks, because God put you before himself when He was on the cross. Philippians 2 puts it better; Apostle Paul exhorts the church in Philippi to love others, to treat others in higher esteem than they treat themselves. Presenting to us that this is the same mind that Christ had and we should have also. Philippians 2:1-8 “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Jesus Christ came to serve and not to be served; this gives us the right attitudes in serving others. The highest realisation of love is Christ’s death on the cross, where God became a servant in Jesus. We as Christians try to attain to that standard by living a life of servitude to others. When you love God you will obey Him, through obedience you will serve Him in turn serving others. Through service you will be ministering (worshiping) to God by serving others. John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” You serve not because you are obligated but because you are liberated. You serve in the freedom you have received. Service is a responsibility that should be voluntary not forced. Forced service is not service at all but legalism. Serve God in grace, which source is Christ and means is the cross. Therefore the greatest thanks you can give to God is a life of service in full surrender to the Lord. Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Romans 14:8 “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.” Seeker

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  1. Deconess Omosede Obaseki
    January 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    This is wonderful. I encourage you to keep it up God mightly bless you

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