Saturday, September 30, 2006

Are You Willing to Serve?

"Anywhere there are people there are needs and anywhere there are needs there is a place for service. For that reason, you must be willing to serve to meet needs." Sometimes we serve to make us feel good about ourselves or we serve because someone pressured us into that position but according to Scripture, service is a matter of obedience and status before God. In Romans 1:1 Paul said he was "a bondservant of Jesus Christ." James agreed when he said he was "a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ" (Jas.1:1). Peter's conclusion for his life was that he saw himself as a "bondservant and Apostle of Jesus Christ" (2 Pet.1:1). Even Jude, who was the brother of James and half brother of Jesus said he was a "bondservant of Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:1). How do you see yourself? Are you a servant who is willing to serve "anywhere...there are needs?"

Consider these words by Gordan McDonald who wrote: "You can tell whether you are becoming a servant by how you act when people treat you like one" (A Mastering Ministry Conference, Jan. 1993, Christianity Today, Vol.37, No.5). Meditate on those words today and practice what you really are...a servant.

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