Thursday, February 29, 2024

ALTAR CALL: Service owed to God


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KNOWING WHERE TO SERVE is good, knowing how to serve is better, but knowing who you serve is best.

Delivering a sermon titled The Lordship Of Jesus, Reverend Lennox Boyce, of The Church of God, told students of St Christopher Primary School preparing for tomorrow’s 11-Plus exam, teaching staff, specially invited guests and members of his congregation that no matter what came their way, they must make a conscious decision to serve the Lord despite criticism, conflicts and trials.

He was speaking two Sunday mornings ago at the school, where the church congregates.

Boyce told his listeners that “God loves variety and diversity” and that He created them unique, special and with the ability to perform “something that only” they could accomplish.

“There is something that only you can do and that you were created for. You were born to make a mark in this world. There is greatness in you.”

He told the youngsters that God needed all types of employees in this world.

“Our world needs plumbers, doctors, mechanics, teachers, bankers, lawyers, landscapers, carpenters, electricians, musicians, sportsmen, hairdressers, designers, artists, barbers, postmen, dentists, counsellors, businessmen, architects, technicians, agriculturalists, painters [and] people who make pudding and souse on Saturdays.

“If the world is going to work, we need all kinds of people with all kinds of skills and we need to embrace differences, learning, styles, interests and intelligences,” he explained.

The pastor, making reference to 1 Corinthians 12:4, told his listeners: “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working but in all of them and in everyone, it is the same God at work.”

He also said there were different “anointings”, and he called on his listeners to “do whatever their hands find to do” heartily and with excellence.

“God loves excellence and expects excellence from you. What is worth doing is worth doing well and what is not worth doing is not worth doing.

“Give your best to God when nobody sees, hears, praises or helps. God deserves your best but He also desires your best. Excellence attracts God’s attention.”

He added: “If it is the Lord who made you, who gave you life, gifts, abilities, talents, wisdom, creativity and blessed you with intelligence and opportunities, then you must serve Him . . . .

“God should be the object of our worship; nothing more, nothing less.”

Boyce told the pupils, who were smartly dressed in their school uniforms, that they must “choose this day” whom they would serve and they must remember their Creator in the days of their youth.

The minister offered prayers for the students, other young people and generally those who needed prayer.

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