Be A Servant! … February 9, 2020
For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 1 Corinthians 9:19 ESV
As Christians, we have been called to serve not to be served. We have been called to do whatever is necessary to introduce the lost and dying to the Savior. WE must always remember that being the church is not about us but rather bringing glory to our Lord and Savior. When a person comes to know Jesus as Savior, angels rejoice. “Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10 ESV Never take the focus off the mission of reaching the lost, or you could be in danger of appearing to be just another organization and not the church.
How can you judge for yourself whether you are a servant or just another attendee? First you must confirm in your spirit that you are exactly where the Lord wants you to be. You will never find a perfect church, for the church is filled with imperfect people redeemed and saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. When you have determined that you are in the church body God has lead you to, never look back, roll up your sleeves, and go to work. Being part of the church is not about just attending, but working serving till Jesus comes. Also servants o not demand their own way or worry about their own feelings but rather find joy in serving. Will you ever have your feelings hurt or disagree with how a certain thing is done? More than likely… Yes. Don’t let this cause you to spend your lifetime jumping around looking for the perfect church; you will only be disillusioned and waste much time in the battle for lost souls.
I wish to reflect upon the greatest servant that ever lived. For if you have never learned from the Master how to serve, I will dare say that you will never find godly contentment as a Christian.
We Must Have The Mind Of Christ:
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:5-8 ESV Jesus submitted himself to the will of his Father as a servant. It was God’s will that his son would be crucified upon the cross, and Jesus willingly submitted. “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42 ESV
As Jesus, We Must Serve With a Single Focus:
Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” Matthew 4:10 ESV
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or his will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24 ESV If we serve as Jesus did, we must have our focus upon God the Father. Deuteronomy 5:7 ESV makes it clear… You shall have no other gods before me. If God is the focus of our service, we will cooperate with his will.
As Jesus, We Acknowledge It’s Not About Ourselves:
“For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 ESV If you ever start down the slippery slope of the me, me, me type thinking, you will lose the reflection of Jesus in your life, and others will not see Him in you either. For with the “me” lifestyle everything is focused upon yourself. How might one tell if they have the “me” lifestyle rather than the “service” lifestyle? Are you easily angered when things do not go your way? Easily offended? Do you threaten to leave or quit often? You may be in danger of being self-serving. How would you overcome this if this describes you? Make a conscious effort to live Philippians 2:3-4 ESV … Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others as more important than yourself. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others.
Make me a servant, humble and meek
Lord, let me lift up those who are weak
And may the prayer of my heart always be
Make me a servant, make me a servant,
Make me a servant today
~Lyrics by Kelly Willard
Be purposeful in being a servant. Be salt and the light of Jesus to those who may be watching you. Make it a point to serve someone this week…be purposeful and do something intentionally.
Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David