1996-11-12 - Servants of Christ
Biblical Requirements of servants
Reverence: Ps. 2:11, "Serve the Lord with reverence."
Loyalty: Matt. 6:24, "No one can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other, or his will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon."
Regeneration: Rom. 7:6, "… having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter."
Diligence: Rom. 12:11, "not lagging being in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
Paul's example: Acts 20:19, "serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me …"
Love: Gal. 5:13, "… through love serve one another."
Selflessness: Phil. 1:21, "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."
In England it is written on the tomb of an unrepentant sinner, "Here lies a man who in all his life never worked one hour for God." How is that for a final epitaph?
It is amazing how many servants God has in the world and yet how little service.
As Christians we champion many causes:
Even with all this, I say this is not the service that Christ would have us yield. It is not enough. These causes are all secondary. They are interesting, but they are not the true calling of the Christian as he or she serves Christ. The call for the Christian is to preach the word and make disciples. While this can be done and the above causes advanced, it is all too often the case that the gospel is divorced from the passion we feel for a dying world. There is nothing wrong with the above causes or many others, but the gospel, for the servant of Christ, is to be given first place. Let us not get side-tracked in our various realms of service, but rather let us bring the gospel to those areas.
Soli Deo Gloria,