What does it look like to serve the Lord? What images come to mind? Do you imagine a man in priest’s garb standing before a congregation preaching God’s word? Perhaps a picture of a faraway land comes to mind where people have never heard of Jesus. You may see yourself there in that land serving the Lord.

In Numbers 19, we read about the Water of Cleansing. This water contained ashes from a red heifer that was immolated and used to purify people from sin. The process of creating this water took three men. All of them had to be clean to perform their duties and, after having completed their task, were ceremonially unclean. Numbers 19:9 describes the man who gathered the ashes.

“A man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and put them in a ceremonially clean place outside the camp. They are to be kept by the Israelite community for use in the water of cleansing; it is for purification from sin.”

Numbers 19:9 (NIV)

As we consider what it looks like to serve the Lord, we must remember that only some things we do to serve the Lord will be pleasant. Someone has to clean the bathroom, and someone has to preach. Those who are lost aren’t always found in palaces.

Another thing to consider when we think about what it looks like to serve the Lord is what it looked like for Jesus to serve us.

Jesus’ death was anything but neat and tidy. It was messy and grueling.

Therefore, as servants of the Lord, we must go to where we are called and do what God called us to do. Even If that means getting our hands dirty.

Do you know God? God knows you, and he loves you. He sees you as significant because you are. No one is insignificant to Him. He’s with you today, and he wants you to know him. Jesus died for your sins and mine so we could be free of guilt, freed from death, and live eternally with him. Eternal salvation is just a prayer away.

Pray this prayer with me to accept the gift of salvation:

Lord Jesus, forgive me for all my sins. I repent from my ways. Wash me in your blood and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe that you died on the cross, were buried, and on the third day, God the Father raised you from the dead. Right now, Lord Jesus, I open the door to my heart and receive you into my heart as my Lord and personal Savior. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, then congratulations! You are on the first step of a brand new life. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to my family, the family of God. There are abundant resources available online for new Christians. You can visit here for more information on what to do next. You can also leave me a comment, and I’ll do my best to help you on the next step of this incredible journey.