Servanthood Of Believers
When I gave my heart to the Lord, I understood there was some ministry He wanted me involved in. When I studied the word minister, I found it meant servant. I didn*t like that. But as time passes, I have learned to enjoy serving God and others. The Lord by definition is the one in charge. If He is the one in charge, then we must be the ones He is in charge of. The more we accept that and submit ourselves to him, the more we will be fulfilling His plan for us and the more fulfilled we will be. Many scriptures point to the truth that we are to be servants.
Luke 6:46: And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
John 15:14: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
Romans 12:1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 6:16: Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
I Corinthians 9:19: For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
Romans 6:13: Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
James 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
Luke 12:37: Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
What a wonderful picture of the fact that when Jesus comes, and finds us serving Him, He will serve us. He will serve us first of all by changing us and then by meeting every need and blessing us for all of eternity. Jesus has already served men when he walked here on earth, whether it was making water into wine or healing their diseases. And the ultimate service He performed was dying for us.
Matthew 20:27-28: And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Romans 1:1: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.
The word servant here means bond-servant, which is more like a slave. The fact is, all believers are servants of God. Some don*t know it, some resist it, some refuse to obey and all fail at times. Our obedience is connected to our worship. When we don*t obey God it is like saying He is not worth obeying. It can mean we think we know best. (God always knows best). It can mean we are placing ourselves above God. We attempt to put ourselves on the throne that he deserves. Or it can mean that we don*t value the others that he wants us to serve as we ought to. Being a servant of God is not a lowly undesirable thing. It is an honor and a privilege and a joy.
There is a wonderful Christian motto: Only one life, *twill soon be past, only what*s done for Christ will last.
There are probably hundreds of things we can do to serve the Lord. Most of them are not glamorous or noticed by very many people. But they are serving nonetheless. A few examples: Studying the Bible, teaching the Bible, helping others do those things, painting at your church, cleaning, building, praying, encouraging others, giving financially, giving your time, ushering, baking a cake for a fellowship, doing a good job at your work, meeting other people*s needs, listening to others, etc.
The Lord gave me quite an attitude adjustment when I gave my heart to Him. Before, I resented doing things for someone else. I only did them for what I could get back. Now I enjoy doing something for someone else. As we grow as Christians, one of the symptoms of that growth will be an increasing willingness and desire to serve God and others, and enjoyment of it, whether it is noticed or not, or whether it is rewarded or not. Try it, you will like it! A wonderful fringe benefit of serving others is assurance of your own salvation. You will remember that before you were saved you only served yourself.
Matthew 25:21: His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Hearing those words from the Lord ought to be the desire of our heart!!
Care to discuss Servanthood Of Believers with Ron?