Thursday, February 12, 2009

Be a Servant! Someone has to do it!

On my way home today I was listening to a radio station. A young man from the Air Force who is stationed in South Korea called in to talk. After the conversation the D.J. said, "Thank you for serving." In which the young man replied, "Someone has to do it."
Those words resinated in my heart. Someone has to do it. Do what? Serve!
The police motto is "To Protect and to Serve." What an awesome motto to have.
I want to tie in a few scriptures as they pertain to serving.
"You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20:25-28
Look at that scripture a minute. Meditate on it and don't just write it off. There is so much "meat" in it that we can't ignore what is being said.
Jesus is saying He came to serve. So if He came to serve what makes us think we are better than Him?
"If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him." John 12:26
So do you want honor? Then serve! You say you are a follower of Jesus then are you serving?
How should people regard Christians? According to Paul he said, "This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God" 1 Corinthians 4:1
Jesus set us free so we could serve the body out of love. "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." Galations 5:13
We must remember when we are helping each other that we are doing it all for Jesus.
"You are serving the Lord Christ." Colossians 3:24
We have had our conscience purified from dead works in order to serve the living God. Hebrews 9:14b.
In the end we will all be serving God in heaven after we wash our robes and make them white as snow. "Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple..." Revelation 7:15
So how are you doing when it comes to serving the body of Christ? We are saved and washed by the blood of the ultimate servant Jesus Christ. So we should have a great hunger to serve others within the body. Being a servant is a lifestyle. Meaning we should be living our lives for others and not ourselves. Jesus came to the earth as a Saviour and servant. He washed the disciples feet. Imagine the King of Glory, creator of all living things, the one who has all authority coming down to the earth to SERVE! Knowing it would all lead to his death on the cross. The ultimate service. Giving His life so that all who would believe could have eternal life. If that doesn't make you want to be a servant then what will?

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