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Spirit And Life Devotional: Worship: Rendering Acceptable Service

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Spirit and Life Devotional is a daily publication by Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim, senior pastor of Able Ministers Chapel, a church based in Calabar, Cross River State. 

[pull_quote_center]”And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him.” – Matthew 28:9[/pull_quote_center]

The Greek word for worship is latreuo. Latreuo means to render acceptable service. It’s to minister to someone. Latreuo is from latric, which means “a hired servant”. A Hebrew word for worship is abad. Abad literally means to work in any sense, but by implication, to serve or enslave.

You see, worship is not only about singing slow songs, which is very good and pleasing to God; worship includes every service that we render to Him. That’s why it matters what we do for God: every service is an act of worship to Him.

Our attitude to service in the kingdom of God must get better. Indeed, every service we render matters because every service is ultimately unto the Lord. Ephesians 6:5, 7-8 says, “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.”

Prophetic Declaration

I will serve with joy and enthusiasm from today; I will serve excellently well at all times; everything I do will be a pleasing and acceptable worship unto the Lord. Amen.

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