Serve Boldly

            Christian, the Bible tells us we can “come boldly before the throne of grace.” Jesus told a parable about a servant who was afraid to serve. Jesus said, “the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. ‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours” (Matt 25:24-25). We know “the terror of the Lord,” but we also know that God graciously works through his people. We should not be so overwhelmed with fear that we neglect opportunities for God. 

            Matthew Henry, the famous Puritan commentator, wrote: “This ill affection toward God arose from his false notions of him; and nothing is more unworthy of God, nor more hinders our duty to him, than slavish fear. This has bondage and torment, and is directly opposite to that entire love which the great commandment requires. Note, Hard thoughts of God drive us from, and cramp us in his service. Those who think it impossible to please him, and in vain to serve him, will do nothing to purpose in religion.”

            What is that we could do? Is there something that you could do, but maybe you haven’t had the confidence to give it a try yet? We never know how God can do with our meager efforts. We would do well to remember how God made a great nation with a promise to Abraham. God quieted the rowdy giant with a single stone. God took the great army away so Gideon would trust in his God rather than in his people. What will God do with you? 

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