What do you think of when you hear the word arise? Personally, I think of you—the noble people of the Church. I picture you diligently arising from your beds each morning for early-morning devotion. I see you faithfully arising from your knees after finishing your daily prayers.
One of the greatest ways we can arise and shine forth the glory of God is not only to have morning devotion with God but also to confidently obey the commandments of God.
We learn of these commandments in the scriptures, You were created to serve God- the Bible says, in Eph. 2:10b. God has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do” (Col. 3: 23-4; Matt. 25: 34). You were saved to serve God, the Bible says. “It is He who saved us and chose us for His holy work, not because we deserved it but because that was His plan” (2 Tim. 1:9). God redeemed you so you could do His “holy work.” You are not saved by service, but you are saved for service. In God’s Kingdom you have a place, a purpose, a role, and a function to fulfil. This gives your life great significance and value
You are called to serve God. Growing up, you may have thought that being “called” by God was something only for missionaries, pastors, nuns, and other “full-time” church workers experienced, but the Bible says every Christian is called to service (Eph. 4:14; Rom. 1:6-7; 8:28-30; 1 Cor. 1:2,9,26; 7:17; Phil 3:14; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Peter 1:3).
Your call to salvation included your call to service. They are the same. Regardless of your job or career, you are called to full-time Christian service. A “non-serving Christian” is a contradiction in terms.
Serving is the opposite of our natural inclination. Most of the time we are more interested in “serve us” than service. We say, “I’m looking for a church that meets my needs and blesses me,” not “I’m looking for a place to serve and be a blessing.” The mature follower of Jesus stops asking, “Who is going to meet my needs?” and starts asking, “Whose needs can I meet”
Mother Theresa said, “Holy living consists in doing God’s work with a smile.” What matters is not the duration of your life, but the donation of it. Not how long you lived, but how you lived. If you are not involved in any service or ministry, what excuse have you been using? But God used each of them (Hero’s of Faith) in His service. He will use you, too, if you stop making excuses.”
“THE LORD HAS MADE EVERYTHING FOR ITS PURPOSE” (Prov. 16:4)
Everything you do in the house of God counts over your destiny. In Acts 10:4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said to him, Your prayers and your alms are come up for a memorial before God.
Your “ALMS” means your Kingdom service. When something happens and you call unto him he remembers your sacrifice for his Kingdom.
Therefore, arise and let your service unto God be a Memorial.