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"Serve Him Without Fear"

December 21, 2003

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“Serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness.” Luke 1:74-75

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Zechariah prophesied concerning what God had done in redeeming His people. Because of God’s redemption, people are enabled to serve Him in holiness.

THE JOURNEY—DAY 22
This Sunday morning, Bill’s church was having its annual “Children’s Christmas Worship Service.” Jenny had a role as an angel. Sam was a narrator.

Bill and Julie observed their children serving God in this way. Their worship that day not only included thanks to God for His working in their lives, but also in the lives of their children. Bill reflected on His conversation with Chuck the day before and confirmed the Lord’s presence in his family.

He was so proud of the way Jenny stood with the other angels and proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Sam had done quite well narrating the story of Christ’s birth.

The pastor affirmed the children in his message and concluded with this point, “These children have told the story of the birth of Jesus, and its reason, so well. They have done so without fear or shame, simply out of love for Christ. Wouldn’t it be great if we, as adults, were as bold and natural in our witness? God enables us by His Spirit to give the gift of Jesus by telling without fear what He has done for us in Christ—from His birth to His resurrection.”

Bill was realizing the truth of that statement.

REALITY JOURNEY
Serving God without fear in witness involves the holy life to which you have been called. The core of your witness is telling what God has done in bringing His holiness to you in Christ.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray for God’s holiness to increase in your life, as well as your witness to His holiness.

Today's Bible Readings: Esther 3-5    Revelation 12

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