“Serve the Lord”

Silver Wedding anniversary of Arno and Franzi Stegen

Joshua 24

15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Uncle Erlo related a little about Arno’s life because it was his silver wedding anniversary and to give thanks to the Lord Jesus for Arno’s life. He was fourteen years old when he came to the mission. Uncle Erlo was not yet married and so Arno was like Samuel in the temple. He wanted to leave school in grade 8 to be in full mission work but being advised to continue with his schooling, he continued till matric. When the magistrate threatened to close the supermarket because of the services Uncle Erlo was holding, they said that it didn’t matter if the business went down as long as the gospel was preached.

Franzi comes from Switzerland and has been a helpmeet to her husband. Great is the role a woman can play.

Arno and Franzi’s wedding text was the text above, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” It takes a real man to say something like this. It refers to family and servants in the household too – i.e. a man’s whole household.

Where do you stand? Many have left the work. Will you also leave or be faithful to the end together with your household?

We have to serve the Lord Jesus with all our hearts and not idols.