Tuesday, August 18, 2015

We were meant to Serve

For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.
For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.
[The Good News of Salvation ] “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.
So let it be established, that Your name may be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel’s God.’ And let the house of Your servant David be established before You.
Now You have been pleased to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue before You forever; for You have blessed it, O Lord, and it shall be blessed forever.”
and said, “My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant.
And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts. After that you may pass by, inasmuch as you have come to your servant.” They said, “Do as you have said.”
And he said, “Here now, my lords, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” And they said, “No, but we will spend the night in the open square.”
[God the Sovereign Savior ] [To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:] I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.
[The Majesty and Condescension of God ] Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, Praise the name of the Lord!
O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds.
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the Lord our God, Until He has mercy on us.
[Praising the Lord in His House at Night ] [A Song of Ascents.] Behold, bless the Lord, All you servants of the Lord, Who by night stand in the house of the Lord!
[ Polluted Offerings ] “A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the Lord of hosts To you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,
They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true areYour ways, O King of the saints!
[ The Time Is Near ] Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
My Comments: What does it mean to serve? To serve God? To be of service? This is something one ponders as they come to know the Lord and all He did for us. He did not count it wrong to come as a servant of all mankind and take upon Himself the sin of all mankind so they would be saved. He showed us how to serve in the ultimate service. Yet mankind wants to serve themselves.
We can see this is our fast society of “gimme what I want now” and  “I deserve it” mentality. To be of service to another is looked down upon, frowned upon and children are taught to do things for themselves.  Some equate serving others as losing themselves. Some think they are “less” if they serve. When all of that is untrue. One who serves is to be cherished.
We see our service men and women, police, firemen, Medical Personnel, Pastors, Missionaries and so forth serving and know those are admirable people yet so are others who serve. Mom’s serve their families all the time by giving of their time, energy and often letting go of their dreams to care for and nurture their children. Dad’s sacrifice by sometimes taking jobs or more than one job to care for and support their families and often both serve aging parents. There are all admirable qualities of self sacrificial love.
Yet the greatest servant hood is given to God through His Son Jesus. When we accept the Kingship of Jesus and become adopted into the family of God we then move into serving Father God in all we say, think and do and with all He has given and entrusted to us.
From the beginning we see mankind serving God. It is a choice to be God’s children. Moses a servant of God led the rebellious nation of Israel to safety and the Promised Land.  David became a King and though he fell he always turned back to God and served Him who created everything. We know of Missionaries who have gone to very dangerous places to reach the unsaved, to take the word of God, to serve as Jesus commanded when He said, “Go into all the World.” How does this look for us?
When we accept the salvation of Jesus, His Gospel of Redemption, acknowledge Him as Lord of our life then we accept that like Him we are servants to all in His name. Our life, goals, focus becomes what a good servants focus is… the life, goals and focus of our Lord! We word to bring others to the knowledge and salvation of Jesus and we give our all to do this. We give everything He has put at our disposal to accomplish this. We give our time, money and of ourselves as He did with a joyful heart and sometimes praying, “If this cup can be taken away from me yet not as I will but as You will Father.” If we keep our eyes on Him who gave all and keep in a strong walk with Abba Father then we will not falter and many will come to know God through our servant hood and His love through us as long as we do not buy into the worlds view of what life should look like and remember who we belong to. We were meant to serve the God of the Universe not to serve man or ourselves as the world would have us believe or as our sin nature would have us believe. The lie of Satan is to get us to believe we should be served. This is not true. We were meant to serve God by being of service to others.
Abba Father, guide us in the steps we should take, help us to be bold as we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus and keep us humbly before You. Give us strength to serve whoever You want us to and wherever You want us to. Thank You for sending Jesus Your Son to show us the way to serve You. Fill us with Your love for all who are perishing. May we find joy in serving You always. In Jesus name in union with the Holy Spirit we pray. Amen


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