The principle of service is simply the response to what one learns in Scripture. If you desire to discern the will of God in a particular situation (and the Bible has nothing specific to say about it), you need to know God, be acquainted with the mind of God by studying Scripture and now you need to be a person who is applying what Scripture says. This means, you are to make it your duty and delight to serve God and His people as He instructs you in His Word. This is His will for you.
Broadly speaking, all of the Scripture contains God’s will for your life. What I mean by that is, if Scripture states what God’s intention is for you as His child, that is your duty. When it comes to God’s stipulated will in Scripture, there are some verses that state in the clearest of terms what God’s will for you is. When it comes to these commands, it is your opportunity and obligation to faithfully serve the Lord in this way. What are these specific verses? Here are a few specific examples of how you can serve by doing God’s will: Spirit filled (); submission (); sanctification () and thankfulness (). It is this last example that leads us to our next principle, namely supplication. But we will consider this in the next post.
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
13 Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;
18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
The idea of worship means many different things to people today. Of course, extremes of experience and traditionalism have distorted and distracted people from genuine worship.
The word ‘worship’ is from the old English, “weorthscipe”, which means “a recognition of worth”. In the Scriptures, the concept of worship carries the idea of serving God by means of an attitude of fear and adoration. What is worship? Worship for the believer is the act of recognizing God’s worth and responding to that in service to Him. Worship is to be exclusively offered unto the Lord (; ; ; ; ; ; ). How do we worship God? If we are going to do this, we need to have a right recognition of three realities:
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3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
7 “‘You shall have no other gods before me.
13 It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear.
10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”
8 And Jesus answered him, “It is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God,
and him only shall you serve.’”
26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.”
15 “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind,
10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me,