Be faith­ful in your ser­vice

Our ac­tions al­ways mean more than our words

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FAITH - LARRY BLAIKIE

In a re­cent sur­vey, teenagers were asked what their ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions were and 54 per cent chose celebrity.

Not so much a TV or ra­dio celebrity, but more specif­i­cally a YouTube celebrity. The key to be­ing a YouTube celebrity is con­stant self­pro­mo­tion, and that seems to be the cul­tural norm we live in.

Be­ing a Christ fol­lower runs counter-cul­ture. Be­ing a Christ fol­lower is about serv­ing oth­ers, verse self­pro­mo­tion.

Je­sus is talk­ing to his dis­ci­ples when he states in Matthew 16:24 “Then Je­sus said to his dis­ci­ples, ‘If any­one would come after me, he must deny him­self and take up his cross and fol­low me.’”

To fol­low Christ is any­thing but self-pro­mo­tion. The key is to fo­cus on the things that are im­por­tant to God.

Je­sus goes on and speaks to his

dis­ci­ples about this same topic in Matthew 23:11–12 (NLT) “11 The great­est among you must be a ser­vant. 12 But those who ex­alt them­selves will be hum­bled, and those who hum­ble them­selves will be ex­alted.”

Again be­ing a Christ fol­lower is not mea­sured in how much we say we love Je­sus or wor­ship him, but in how much we serve him.

Some might won­der “well how do I serve Je­sus?” The an­swer is in con­nect­ing with God and find­ing the heart of God and do­ing the things God would do.

Many times these things are not pub­lic or may not feel sig­nif­i­cant. In the Old Tes­ta­ment when David was young, he brought a lunch to his broth­ers on the bat­tle­field. In the New Tes­ta­ment, Je­sus washed the feet of the dis­ci­ples. Many times serv­ing is just do­ing what needs to be done.

There is this story in Matthew Ch25 of God separat­ing the sheep from the goats; it is an in­ter­est­ing story be­cause these are not peo­ple that claim to know God ver­sus those that deny him. These are all peo­ple who claim to know God.

Yet they are di­vided into two groups and one is given credit for min­is­ter­ing to Je­sus, the other is con­demned for not do­ing so.

Both groups seem to ask the same ques­tions. “When did we see

you?”

Je­sus re­sponse in Verse 40 is in­ter­est­ing. Matthew 25:37–40 (NLT) 37 “Then these right­eous ones will re­ply,‘Lord, when did we ever see you hun­gry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you some­thing to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hos­pi­tal­ity? Or naked and give you cloth­ing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my broth­ers and sis­ters, you were do­ing it to me!’”

Je­sus was more in­ter­ested in how they served than in any po­si­tion they held, or any amount of money they gave. Ser­vice is at the very heart of who Je­sus is.

Even though he is the son of God, bread of life, prince of peace, liv­ing wa­ter, great high priest, light of the world, lamb of God, the right­eous judge, liv­ing stone, true vine, king of glory, cho­sen one, king of all kings, Lord of all lords, al­pha and the omega, the be­gin­ning and the end, the first and the last, our redeemer, our right­eous­ness, our sanc­ti­fi­ca­tion, our rock and our Lord, Je­sus was a ser­vant of all when he could have eas­ily el­e­vated him­self to so much more.

Je­sus was an amaz­ing ex­am­ple of why we should strive to seek the heart of God and also be a ser­vant to oth­ers.

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