My, Devotion to Him #161
Our blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ demonstrated a love for us that is unparalleled in human history. Jesus came to earth and was born like we all are. He listened to His parents and grew just like a normal person would. He even learned His fathers trade. He went to church and probably played around with kids. Once He was older He stepped into ministry. He healed people, and did many amazing things. His heart went out for the hurting, the widows, the poor, and the broken. He went even further and actually died for us. He went through the most brutal punishment ever and continued onward. He could have stopped at anytime. But He loved us. He knew His father loved us. He also had accepted the task that was given to Him by His father. Even though He knew that no everyone would accept Him, He still went to the cross. Even knowing that it would be painful, gruesome, and He would be rejected by His father for a time, He still went. Jesus’ life had a lot of rejection, loneliness, and sorrow.
Paul tells us in Romans 12:1 that it is our obligation to present ourselves as a living sacrifice as our service to the Lord. Continue reading as we will discuss some scripture and it’s relation to service.
1. To be Christ’s Servants we need Christ to be the Foundation of our lives. Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:19-21 that Christ is to be the cornerstone of our lives.
2. To be a good servant we have to be committed. Verse Passage: 2 Chronicles 31:21 “In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.” – NIV
This passage tells us that Hezekiah honored God with “All his heart”. We need to be like Hezekiah! We need to honor God will all our heart.
3. Servants of all kinds are needed in our churches.
Examples include baby sitters, ushers, deacons, elders, teachers, pastors. Martha and Tabitha are examples of worthy servants. Martha served everyone at the table when Christ and His disciples visited Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Tabitha was full of good works and many deeds. See John 12:2 and Acts 9:36-43. A Church has many needs. We all can’t be an usher, we all can’t watch the kids or teach. A Church has many needs and all of us contribute a piece to that need to make it all work. We are all vital to the operation! Each position is needed, and is all valuable to the Church.
4. Mary served Jesus through an open display of her love for Him. In John 12:3 we see that Mary used expensive perfume to wash Jesus’ feet. Then she used her hair to dry off His feet. This is a perfect display of respect, honor, and love.
5. Don’t bury your talents. In Matthew 25:14-30 we see the parable of the servants with the talents. The servant which buried his talent was sent to Hell.
6. To be Great in the Kingdom of Heaven you need to serve others. In Mark 10:42-45 we see that Christ tells His disciples that to be great in Heaven you must be a servant to others period!
7. When we serve, Christ lives within us. Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20 that when he serves, that Christ lives within him.
8. Have a Joshua mindset. When Joshua was confronted with the idolatry of the children of Israel, he stood up and said that as for him and his house they will serve the Lord! It’s his most famous words. We need to have that same mindset! When we are confronted with the world and it’s idolatry with various idols. When the world is calling for us to change and serve this or that. We need to STAND UP! And shout out that AS FOR US AND OUR HOUSE WE WILL SERVE THE LORD! We will serve the One true God! We will serve the Name above all other names! We need to stop trying to make friends with the world and put our foot in the ground and say THIS IS WHERE WE STAND! THIS IS WHERE WE DRAW THE LINE! WE ARE ONLY SERVING GOD! See Joshua 24:14-15
9. Its should be our obligation to present ourselves as living sacrifices to the Lord. See Romans 12:1
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