That They May Serve Me

God’s deliverance of His people from Egypt (told from Genesis 37 – Deuteronomy 34) is a picture of His deliverance of His people from sin and evil, to the Promised Land. The Israelites had traveled from Canaan to Egypt willingly, seeking nourishment and secure living. They had no idea that they were traveling into bondage. Sin is like that.

After that generation had passed away, the slavery started (we never know how our actions will affect our children). The Israelites were forced to serve the Egyptians. (We wonder how the Israelites accepted this – were they suddenly taken over? Was it a gradual occurrence? We may see many parallels in the Germans’ treatment of the Jewish people.)

Note that, either way, God’s people are serving. God designed us that way – all of us. We are designed to serve. As Joshua later stated: Choose you this day whom you will serve. We choose whom we serve: self (flesh), satan, others, or God.

God emphasized this in Exodus when He was preparing His people to go. What was the reason for going? In Exodus chapters 7, 8, 9, and 10, Moses and Aaron are directed to tell Pharaoh to let His people go, “that they may serve Me.” God recognized that His people were serving the wrong king. They were in slavery, in bondage, and miserable. God desired to free His people so that they may serve HIM. God knows that, in serving Him, we may live to our fullest joy and contentment.

If we are serving the wrong king, be it self, satan, or others, we are in bondage and making ourselves miserable (whether we know it or not).

“So that they may SERVE Me.” Yes, we must serve.

“So that they may serve ME.” Choose you this day whom you will serve.

 

Advertisements

18 thoughts on “That They May Serve Me

  1. I loved your post and always feel the most joy when I serve. We are designed by our Creator for it. My Pastor has been preaching on unity in the Church Body of Christ and how we should never become consumers of a Church. Our hands and feet are needed so much!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ho – “consumers of a church!” Never heard it put like that, but wow, what a picture. Your pastor is correct: the church is the very Body of Christ. Mt 20.28 even as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.