Do you have ser­vice?

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(At­lanta has more than 4.5 mil­lion).

There were some ad­van­tages to be­ing there; one was the fact that you could have cel­lu­lar ser­vice any­where. While we couldn’t af­ford to use our own cell ser­vice, we could use our smart phones as Es­to­ni­ans would cre­ate in­ter­net hot spots for us with their ser­vice. A com­mon ques­tion be­came, “Do you have ser­vice?”

In a dif­fer­ent con­text, we as Chris­tians should con­sider the same ques­tion.

It is im­pos­si­ble to claim to be a fol­lower of Christ and not be a ser­vant. Philip­pi­ans 2:511 says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Je­sus: Who, be­ing in the form of God, thought it not rob­bery to be equal with God: But made him­self of no rep­u­ta­tion, and took upon him the form of a ser­vant, and was made in the like­ness of men: And be­ing found in fash­ion as a man, he hum­bled him­self, and be­came obe­di­ent unto death, even the death of the cross. Where­fore God also hath highly ex­alted him, and given him a name which is above ev­ery name: That at the name of Je­sus ev­ery knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things un­der the earth; And that ev­ery tongue should con­fess that Je­sus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Fa­ther.”

What does it mean to fol­low Je­sus? In a large part, it means we need to con­sider the needs of oth­ers, in­stead of fo­cus­ing on our own needs. If we do this, with­out ex­pect­ing re­ward, then scrip­ture prom­ises that God the Fa­ther will honor us.

There are a few things I’d like to say about serv­ing God. The call to serve God is for ev­ery be­liever. Not only should our life be the proof of Christ’s love, but also that we have given our lives to Him. James 1:22 says we are to be “do­ers of the Word, and not hear­ers only, de­ceiv­ing our­selves”. Sal­va­tion means more than for­give­ness and Heaven. It means a life­time of ser­vice.

Of­ten times, God car­ries out his work through our ser­vice. What an honor it is to know that the Lord of the uni­verse chooses to use us in His re­demp­tion plan. He cer­tainly doesn’t need our help, but He al­lows us to have a part.

I’d like to point out that Ser­vice to the Lord is es­sen­tial for spir­i­tual growth. The Bi­ble tells us to work out our sal­va­tion with fear and trem­bling (Please note it doesn’t say we are to work for our Sal­va­tion). How do we work out our Sal­va­tion, par­tially by serv­ing oth­ers in Je­sus’ name with the same at­ti­tude about it as He had.

Con­sider that serv­ing the Lord doesn’t win you a lot of pop­u­lar­ity. Some peo­ple will crit­i­cize you for your ser­vice, just keep serv­ing and let God han­dle the un­fair crit­i­cism. You will have much re­ward in Heaven, sadly in the ab­sence of some of those who bring you grief.

One last thing I’d like to say… In al­most ev­ery oc­ca­sion, CHRIS­TIAN SER­VICE HAP­PENS OUT­SIDE THE CHURCH BUILD­ING! Serve some­one with joy to­day, and be blessed.

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