3.      Serve Joyfully
          Service require strength and the scripture says the joy of the Lord is our strength. If you must serve at all, you must do it joyfully. If you murmur while serving your profit is automatically cancelled. If you serve without joy, you will be punished. The scripture says, "Because thou servest not... with joyfulness, therefore shall thou serve thine enemies..."
The yoke of Jesus is easy, his burden is light. Even if you suffer in the pathway of service dont lose your joy.
          Psalm 100:2a
          Serve the Lord with gladness come before his presence   with singing.
Service is a privilege. That you are a partaker should gladden your heart. The disciples even after being beaten left the presence of the council rejoicing.

4.      Serve willingly.
          Service rendered because of external presure is not acceptable. if you are forced to serve God, you have no reward.
          I Chronicles 28:3
And thou Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy  father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a  willing mind...
A willing mind is God's prerequisite in service. Service willingly offered, provokes heaven and forces the host thereof to fight your battle. The scripture says, the Lord avenged Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves" (Judges 5:2)
5.      Serve with Humility.
          God resists (Fights) the proud, he cant accept their service. If you use your talent or energy or money to serve God, dont feel high. There is nothing you have that you have not received.
          Luke 17:20
          So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things   which are commanded you, say; we are unprofitable  servants. We have done that which was our duty to do.
You are not doing anything strange or new. Servants must serve. Therefore let not your heart be lifted up. Honour accompanies service (John 12:26) but that honour could only be appropriated on the platform of humility for the scripture says "before honour is humility" (Proverbs 18:12)
6.      Serve with fear
          Psalm 2:1  Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.
          The type of fear here is holy fear. The fear that will force you to put in your best without deceit; knowing that God cannot be mocked.
7.      Serve unto the end
          You are not required to serve God, you must serve Him continually. Those who have laid their hands on the plough are not allowed to look back.
          Zechariah 4:9
          The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, his hands shall also finish it.
     I Corinthians 15:58
          Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord for as much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
          What you've started you must finish. If you do not serve faithfully to the end your work will suffer loss. We are not judged by how much things we are able to start, rather we will be assessed by how much things we are able to finish. Crowns are given at the end of the competition; medals are awarded only after the race. Those who stop running in the middle of the race will have nothing to show for their effort.
May you never labour in vain. Strive to make your service acceptable lest you sweat for nothing.


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