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Fear the Lord

“But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you” (1 Samuel 12:24 NIV).

Fearing the Lord does not mean we should ever be afraid of him. Our Lord wields much more power than the gods of Roman or Greek mythology who were feared. And when we look at our own little world, the earth, especially when we see pictures taken from the Hubble telescope or the space station, we see a beautiful blue planet full of life created by God. Every day we enjoy a breath of air, a blue sky, our friends and family around us only because God sustains this world that cannot sustain itself.

Christians are not afraid of God because we know how much He loves each of us. He loved us so much He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die in our place and reconcile us to Him.

It is inconceivable that someone would love us so much to die for us when we were still enemies. And the Word even tells us that it is not often that anyone would die for another person. It might happen that someone might die for a good person, but even that would happen rarely. When we consider that one thing that He did for us, how can we help but want to serve Him forever?

He loved us so much that he sent His Son. He did not lift a finger to create all of the stars and planets in the heavens. He breathed them into existence. The very thought of this is unimaginable for the human mind. We cannot fathom such power and glory.

The attitude of a servant’s heart appears most attractive to me. I’ve met a few people who have made it their goal to serve others their entire lives. I’ve also met some people who have recently awakened to their gift of serving others. I believe this gift reflects the nearest emulation of Jesus Christ.
He came to us as a helpless baby born in a manger. He trusted a teenage mother and a stepfather to raise Him. And when He was a man, He lived a perfect life so that He would be the perfect Lamb of sacrifice.
Living a perfect life for you and me seems impossible. But if we believe in Him, and have accepted Him as Lord and Savior, He has washed our sins away and we are perfect. Now we must live out our perfection in Jesus Christ. The only way we can do this is to adopt an attitude of service for those around us.

Because human beings can never live perfect lives, some Christians fear Judgment Day. If you have sinned, confess it and He is faithful and just to forgive you. There is no need to fear. In this verse, fear means to respect Him in awe and reverence because He is our Creator and King, Lord of lords, and He is absolutely sovereign over all.
Sometimes we think of Jesus as a friend ― almost a buddy. He is that, but we are not His equal as with other friends. We must not lose the attitude of awe and reverence we owe the Lord. Today let’s practice the attitudes of awe, reverence, and servanthood.

Most gracious heavenly Father, thank You for the ultimate sacrifice of Your son on the cross. I accept You in my heart as Lord and Savior. Show me how to serve others and glorify You. You are an awesome God. Mighty in power. Amen.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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