Significance of Service
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph 2:10
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that elects are designed for service unto the Lord. Have you ever considered the impact service has? Why did Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory say, ‘I didn’t come to be served but to serve.’ Isn’t a symbol of success the idea of people serving us?
Fundamentally as elects, we are called to ‘serve’ not ‘be served.’ In my message today on ‘Significance of Service’ after reading Mt 20:28 I discovered that the Bible extends practical help to make us become more like Jesus in the area of service. Let us identify the common misconception of godly service before dealing with the matter of service.
Misconception of Service
There is a tendency today to think of Bible characters as almost fantasy. For instance, most times we think of the disciples as ‘spiritual giants’ who live above sin, yet the Bible seem to teach us that they were just as fallible as we are. They experience some of the same feelings and problems. When I think about Jesus’ disciples, Peter would probably be the one who epitomizes the same type of struggles and recklessness that we endure. However, Peter wasn’t the only one who had problems and shortcomings. It seem that James and John had their set of problems which was generational, being adults they even got their mum involved in fighting for their rights for position and prominence. There are many more cases in the Bible that openly reveals the vulnerability of those who served God in their time. The Bible does not sugarcoat to make God’s servant look good at all times.
Service is a matter of:
Elects Health Is Paramount
Do elects realize that our bodies and mind were regenerated for activity? Not for passivity. I personally had to take a hard knock before realizing this simple truth. God’s elect ought to use their strength and godly knowledge for action. In fact, today many elects have become so lethargic and fatigue simply because they fail to maintain a good health for godly service. Adequate exercise and good eating habits play a pivotal role for us to render effective service with an able body. It is the responsibility of the elects to cultivate and care for their bodies and mind. When we are serving others, our health is strong. Listen, it involves both our physical health as well as our mental health. If we are serving others, we have no time to idle.
Elects Happiness is Paramount
Now, there are some notable exceptions but as a general rule people who serve because they ‘want to’ are generally happy people. Watch, they are happy because they are healthy and they have meaning in their lives. Jesus’ concerns were not for the things of this world but rather the eternally lost souls. The tears He shed were never for Himself but rather for those who were like sheep with no shepherd. Jesus’ happiness came from helping others. Show me a cranky, grumpy, bitter person and I will show you one who doesn’t serve. Even if they serve, they do it for the praise of men and not the praise of God. Know why?
Elects Heart is Paramount
The entire expression of our lives comes down to our heart. We will never find happiness if we expect to be served as if the world owes us something. We will never be healthy physically and emotionally if we expect others to look out after us and thus become ‘takers’ and never giving anything. I want to challenge every elects at NCCkl to find a way ‘where you are’ in your own ‘path of life’ to find a way to serve. No matter what station of life you are in, God has a plan to prosper you in all that you do. It does not matter who you are or where you are, you can make a difference, if you only serve the Gospel of God’s Righteousness and His Church.
Elects Heritage is Paramount
If we choose to serve, which is by the way our free choice, the heritage that we leave will be long lasting. Maybe we will impact the next generation of seekers for Christ. Maybe seeing us serve will be exactly what they need in order to serve unselfishly, with integrity and honesty. We don’t want to be in a statistic of people whereby the impact of service is least appreciated today.