KEY SCRIPTURE: John 4:24. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”
This study is a continuation of the previous study. The next point to consider in our discussion on serving God in holiness is to:
3. Serve in the Spirit. The Lord advised all who would follow Him to deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Him. Luke 14:26 says clearly “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple”. Self would always project every other thing but the Spirit. The Lord said if the flesh is not crucified you cannot be his disciple. To serve in the spirit the flesh must remain crucified.
In the establishment of Moses temple, the Lord gave him a special instruction for the kind of garment that, the high priest must wear. Ex 28:2 ‘And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty”. This garment could not be compromised under any condition. It is a holy garment. The garment of the high priest was called the Ephod. This was the garment the priest had to were before he could meet with God and render any service.
The ephod is a symbol of the Spirit. Our key scripture says the true worshippers shall worship the father in Spirit and in truth. The believer is not in the flesh but in the Spirit. How does the believer serve in the spirit.? Romans 8:5 gives us the answer “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit”. The state of your mind determines where you are. In a more elaborate way, to serve in the Spirit is to act or do everything in faith ‘This means doing everything in the light of what the word says and placing your trust in the word. He that bears the name of the Lord must depart from iniquity.”.
The minister of God in any capacity of service, that is whether a preacher. an usher, a singer, or a personal worker sharing the gospel with an enquirer must understand that it is the Spirit of God actively and vitally working through him or her. As the high priest wears the ephod you must never do anything for the Lord without the consciousness that it is the Spirit of God doing the very work through you. Secondly whatever you do directly for God or in your normal life at home, in business, school or for yourself, it must be done with the awareness that the Holy Spirit is with you and acting through you. You can’t have this awareness and tell lies.
I serve the Lord by HIS Spirit. My mind is ruled by the word of God. It is the Spirit who sanctifies. I maintain the awareness of the Spirit in me and allow Him to function through me as I do all things in Jesus name.
Rom 8:9. “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his”.
Gal 5:16 KJV “This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”