Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Zubin Medora, Sunday, 24 November 2019
Serving is something that is inborn in every human - man, woman, and child. God made it that way. We serve our parents, homes, family, our friends and others. In return for our service rendered in this world, we get paid. In return for our service in the church, we get acknowledgement. We give and we receive.
It is very hard to place a quantitative value on our service and the gift of God.
Today we will look at the story of Balaam and Balak.
After the Israelites left Egypt, the temptation of fame overtook them. They were well known as God was with them, as God guided them with the pillar of cloud in the day and the pillar of fire at night. Balak, the king of Moab, knew them and looked for someone to curse the Israelites - he found the perfect candidate in Balaam. Balaam knew God. Balak sent princes to Balaam, requesting him to curse Israel. As Balaam asked the Lord, God told him not to go with Balak as His people, for the Israelites are blessed. Balak then asked for a better offer and Balaam went to ask God again. When God talked to a man, God was actually serving His people. God knew the heart of Balaam, so He told Balaam to go with the princes, but only to say what He asked him to say. Many times, as we serve, we allow our ego to get in our way. We allow our eyes to get distracted. Until there’s a time when people around us would have to teach us a lesson. In verse 32, why was Balaam’s way perverse? It is because he wanted the benefits from Balak. In verse 34 we can see that Balaam was still negotiating with the Angel of the Lord, even though he was almost on the brink of death.
Read Numbers 22 and 23
At the end, Balaam finally understands who God is and he requested Balak to build 7 altars for God.
Many times as we pray, we become anxious and tell God that our prayers have to be answered today or tomorrow. However, God actually knows the beginning and the end.
We may have been serving God all these while but are asking God, why hasn’t our breakthrough happened yet?
Now, we are covered by the grace of God. There is no need for angels to take sword at us.
There was a testimony of Pastor Ong in Myanmar.
He was captured, together with the local pastors. The Holy Spirit led Pastor Ong to speak directly to the general and to declare that he is a Singaporean. He took out his passport, opened the first page to show the general, asking what he had done wrong. The general mellowed down. Pastor Ong was allowed to leave without trouble. The next day, Pastor Ong ministered at Baptist Church and about 3000 people came forward to receive Jesus! God has His ways, as long as you know the Lord, stay in faith and be obedient.
When we decide to serve the Lord Almighty, He will give us strength, protection, provision, and everything else that we may need.
Serving God means serving men. We serve men with the backing of God.
The greatest Servant is our Lord Jesus. He serves you and I.
Believe God will bless you. Serve God by serving the people.