Serve HIM Only: A pondering by Holly Woodbridge
As we continue to trek through the beginnings of 2021 with 2 weeks under our feet already, we have become aware that the rosy dream of a shiny new year has not exactly come to pass. There is still turmoil in our nation and sickness among our friends. I have had several conversations with folks who are fearful or discouraged or confused about the news they hear. So what do we do? Hide? Complain? Shout? Raise our fist? Grumble? NO, we do what we have been called to do. We serve our King!
As I have moved through the Word of God and the journey of the often-complaining Israelites, I keep coming across the same message: SERVE HIM ONLY.
When the Israelites were doing well, just ready to cross into the Promised Land, they are told, “Fear the Lord your God, serve him only.” Deuteronomy 6:13
After they have taken the land, during Samuel’s time, they are told, “Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” Samuel 12:24
But it was not just a message particular to the Israelites. This same message is written to the churches of the New Testament, some of which were in very difficult circumstances. “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
And this message is not just for the New Testament churches it is for us. This is what we hear Jesus, our model, say “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
When Jesus faced Satan in the desert, we hear it again. “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[a]” Luke 4:8
So, my Wanamaker Woods Peeps, What are you gonna do? Don’t serve your fear! Don’t serve your anger! Don’t serve your comfort! Get busy serving HIM ONLY! You might get so busy having fun in the Kingdom that you won’t have time to even worry about the rest!
Ms. Holly- wife of the dapper Donny Woodbridge
P.S. If you need some serving opportunities, come see me! I have some kids that would LOVE to see Jesus lived out in YOU!