The Sunday Mail
DEUTERONOMY 10:12-13 says, “And now, Israel, what does the lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul.  And you must always obey the lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.
Naturally when we hear the word fear, most of us think of frightening things that pose a threat to us. This is so because we’re fearful of many things, our lives, future, health, families, education, finances and careers, etecetera.
When God ask us to fear Him, He is not trying to frighten us but expecting us to live a life that pleases Him. In short, to fear God is to love Him, obeying His commands and serving Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
John 14:15 also says, “If you love me, obey my commandments”.
A heart that fears God seeks to please and serve Him; and as Luke 1:74 implies, we have been rescued from our enemies so that we can serve God without fear. Your understanding of what happened on the Cross naturally and automatically will drive you into serving God wholeheartedly because there is no greater love than this. He laid His life for us. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
True friendship is hinged on love and it should be mutually beneficial but Jesus Christ did what no ordinary friend can do for a friend, laying down His life. There is no amount of service that can equate to what Jesus did but our devoted love and service to Him is mainly for our own good as it pleases Him.
You have been saved to serve!