He said to the Levites, who instructed all Israel and who had been consecrated to the LORD: “Put the sacred ark in the temple that Solomon son of David king of Israel built. It is not to be carried about on your shoulders. Now serve the LORD your God and his people Israel.” 2 Chronicles 35:3
Putting things off is something that is easy to do. One can get distracted by many different things, keeping him from doing one thing specific. Many also put off things that they really do not like to do.
It is easy to think that one can do it at a later time. However, as one puts off something, other important things come up. As things keep coming up, more and more gets put to the side, causing one to get further behind.
Josiah, king of Judah, had the temple restored and put the Levites back in charge of leading the people in worship to God. Once everything was in place he told the Levites that it was time to serve God. They were not to put off serving God any longer as they had been doing for years.
Many people put off serving God. Some do it out of fear, not knowing what God will want them to do. Some do it because they love this world more. Others because they are too busy to stop and serve God. The reasons and excuses are many.
Every believer is to follow God with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength. This means they are to serve God with everything in them, all the time.
This is not some request for in the future. Nor is it even a request. It is a command. Today is the day to begin to serve the Lord. Now is the time to serve the Lord.
God has a mission for you to do each and every day. At the very minimum it is to be a witness of who Jesus is to someone every day. This is something that can happen over and over throughout the day. Being a witness of Jesus is the greatest way a person can serve God. It is building His kingdom more and more.
While you may have things to do in this world, your number one priority is to serve God first and foremost. Do not put it off any longer, but serve Him today while you can.
I pray today that God will show you ways to serve Him; that God will give you strength to serve Him; that God’s kingdom will grow through your service; and that you will find joy in serving God daily.
When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes. 2 Chronicles 34:19
Going through a bookstore, there are many shelves of books on self-help. Books telling people how to do nearly anything that they could want to learn how to do. Along with the bookstores, there is a website or video online that tells a person how to do just about everything.
People are often eager to know how to do something. However, many people do not always follow through on doing what they had learned about. They read it then ignore it. There are also many people who will not even read the book or article. They really don’t want to know about it.
After becoming king, King Josiah had the people begin to restore the temple of God. He led the people back to serving and worshipping God alone. In the process of the restoration, they found the book of the Law, God’s word. He had the book read to him. Once he heard the words, he tore his robe. Josiah had realized how far they had strayed away from God and was in remorse for what they had done against God. He chose to do something about it.
It is easy for most people to hear God’s word, however, for many that is all it is. Just God’s word, just a bunch of words. They think the words are good, but don’t act upon it.
The bible is very clear on how a person should live and what his mission is here on the earth. Many do not take the time to read or study God’s word. Then when they do, it is just some good words and nothing more. They leave reading the bible and don’t change.
As you believe in God, you must believe that His word is alive and active. It has extreme value for your life. It is God’s blueprint on how He wants you to think, act and speak while on this earth.
Every time that you read God’s word, it can teach you something new. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you as you read His word. When you learn something new, then act upon it. Make the necessary changes.
Realize what you did not know or do before and learn from God. Do not let the bible be just a bunch of good stories, but a life changing word from God. God gave His word to build you up, not tear you down. Now live for God.
I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will act upon God’s word; that you will not fear God’s word; and that your life will be a testimony for Jesus.