CALLED TO SERVE: SERVING GOD BY SERVING OTHERS

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)
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“Service! Anybody?”

“Where’s the service around here?”

“Hey, who’s in charge of service at this place?”

“The service is terrible.”

“I wouldn’t come back if someone paid me.”

“You call this service!

  “I don’t have all day.”

The world’s perspective on “service” is to be served. “Wait on me—now. Meet my expectations of how I want to be and deserve to be served.” Cashiers, waiters,     waitresses, clerks, aides, tellers, and many others can be categorized as “servers” who are, sometimes, looked down upon and treated as “less” in comparison to the ones being served or waited on. How many times have we been guilty of this? Have we spoken these words—with the expectation that we should be properly and     deservedly served?

In contrast to the world’s viewpoint, God’s perspective on “service” is to serve. We are not to be the ones waited upon, but the servants who serve. This is how we can “become great.”

26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a   ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28)

Our example is Jesus, who left His Father’s realm to live among us as a servant. He sacrificed His life in service to each one of us so that we might live in that heavenly realm one day. He is the King who is the Ruler over our lives—and, yet, Jesus says “the one who rules (should be) like the one who serves” and He declares Himself as one who serves:

25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.“ (Luke 22:25-27)

 Humility is not usually a trait associated with high achievement in our world today. Yet, we are called to be humble and serve. Such is the mark of “greatness” with God: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. (Galatians 5:13)

The work we do in this life is really in service to Christ and, through Him, to each other-our brothers and sisters in the Lord and to those we want to bring into the Lord: 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)

 Service? Anybody? We are the ones called to serve.

(Sharon G. Tate 11/25/18 blog ) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

 

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Onward to the Goal for Christ


18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

G–Go

O–Out

A–And

L–Love

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (I Timothy 1:5)

Love was made known to us through Christ when He gave His life for us while we were sinners, knowing we would sin yet and continually need His saving love.

THE GOAL

— Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:1-2)

–Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed. (Proverbs 19:17)

–Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27)

–Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25)

–Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)

–“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.’ (Matthew 25:40)

–Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

PERSEVERANCE

–But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.      (II Chronicles 15:7)

–So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. (II Corinthians 8:11-12)

–Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

THE WAY

–I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

–But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

WHEREVER WE GO, WE WILL FIND THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED OF WHAT WE CAN GIVE THROUGH LOVE IN CHRIST. DO WE HAVE THE GOAL? THE PERSEVERANCE?

THE WAY IS THERE FOR US.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 10/29/17) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word