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Do you think you are too old to serve God?

The world may consider it ok to throw away all your experience when you get to a certain age, but God never does!

In God’s kingdom there is no such thing as retirement, therefore God wants and expects us to continue working for Him all our lives. i.e. No matter our age there are still ways in which we can serve God.

So don’t stop serving God, just because you think your too old to be of use to Him.

At our morning service we had the retirement of two officers (ministers) who have served as Salvation Army officers (minister) for 38.5 years! We celebrated there many years of faithful service and the love and teaching they have passed on to all they met during their service.

This all got me to thinking about my own service, obviously not as a Salvation Army officer (minister), but simply as a follower of Christ who is serving Him as a soldier in the Salvation Army at Bellshill. What I started thinking about was my own service. If this were my “retirement” today, would I be celebrating my service to God, confident I had served Him well all my life?


This is a very tough question, and an even tougher one to answer honestly! So what’s my answer? Well, I could tell you that I have served God as well as I possibly could and done everything He’s asked of me, but I’m afraid that would not be the truth. I have done something in my life that I am not proud of, I’ve done some things in my life that gone against God’s plan for me and I’ve said and done some things which I am ashamed of.

However, I am so thankful to God that despite all of this, He has forgiven me for all my sins, because He still loves me and cares for me and wants me to serve Him.
So how about you – If this were your”retirement” today, would you be celebrating your service to God, confident that you had served Him well all your life?

Whether your answer is positive or negative, rejoice, because God still loves you, and will always love you no matter what your sins.

On Thursday night at our band practice we practiced the beautiful Ivor Bosanko piece “His Provision” which was originally published in in the 1985 Musical Salvationist as a songster (senior choir) piece. The words of that piece are very relevant to where my thoughts have been today, and in fact we played this piece during our morning service.

Please consider the words of this song, and try to see how they fit with your life:

His Provision (Ivor Bosanko)
At the moment of my weakness,
When my need for pow’r is plain,
And my own strength is exhausted once again,
Then my Lord has made provision
For the day of my despair,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer, my prayer,
Then my Lord has made provision
For the day of my despair,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.

Holy Spirit! Promised Presence fall on me.
Holy Spirit! Make me all I long to be.
Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit!
Give your pow’r to me,
O Holy Spirit.

When the darkness falls around me,
When bewildered and afraid,
When I feel the most deserted and betrayed,
Then my ev’ry need is answered
By God’s providential care,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer, my prayer,
Then my ev’ry need in answered
BY God’s providential care,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.

Nothing now can rob God’s servant
Of the peace that He bequeaths,
Nothing take away the strength His presence breathes,
Of the EVERLASTING ARMS OF LOVE I’M DAILY MADE AWARE,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer, my prayer,
of the everlasting arms of love I’m daily made aware,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.

In conclusion I just want to leave the highlight me favourite words in this song:
When the darkness falls around me,
When bewildered and afraid,
When I feel the most deserted and betrayed,
Then my ev’ry need is answered
By God’s providential care,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.

These words are so reassuring to me, I hope they are reassuring to you too.

Broken

Posted: June 2, 2009 in life, religion
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My poor car is broken. It went into the garage today for an MOT and a service and it failed it’s MOT! 😦 Not only did it fail but it needs a new part which they didn’t have in store so have no car tonight, as I had to leave it at the garage to they can fix it tomorrow when the part comes in.


Not looking forward to the bill tomorrow when I collect the car, but at least I’ll have a working car again!

I’ve heard it said many times before, and it’s so very true…car are great when they’re working and a pain when they’re not!

As I said, my car was in for an MOT and a service today – for those not in the UK, the MOT needs to be done yearly and for my car the service is ever 2 years.

How often is your car scheduled to be serviced?

All this got me thinking today (always a bad sign!), we service our cars regularly and I’m sure there are other things round your house or office that get serviced on a regular basis, but do we service our relationship with God? Should we?

I’m sure you have your own opinion on what the correct answer is to these questions, but let me share my thoughts with you…

We spend a lot of time, and money, servicing our assets, but to God what is his most important asset…US! I for one find I can slip easily into a rut as far as my relationship with God is concerned. i.e. I can find myself going through the motions doing the same things I’ve been doing for a while without really considering whether it’s still what God wants me to do, or whether I’m actually still doing it for the right reasons.

For these reasons, I feel it is important to “service” our relationship with God on a regular basis. Take a step back and actually just let God talk to you, instead of what I find can happen, I talk to God about my fears, my stresses, my worries and all the other things I’d like him to help with, and not give God a chance to talk to me and direct me where he now wants me to be.

So try and make sure you regularly “service” your relationship with God, listen to him as well as talking to him. Don’t wait until you are broken or your relationship with God is broken before you “service” your relationship with God.


Here’s a song by Steven Curtis Chapman entitled Broken that talks about how we are all broken and need a saviour and ends with the triumphant words that we have a saviour, that we have Jesus!

Hallelujah!

And finally…
for those of you whose have a car that is due an MOT and/or service soon, I hope no problems are found with your car and it sails through the MOT/service without any additional expense.