Serving Through Words

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I once had a supervisor who, upon being called would arrive and ask, “what can I do for you?”. I have never forgotten his genuine attitude of service.


Mark 10:45 – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.


It is a good thing to end the day knowing we have given our all. Knowing we have served the Lord zealously and enthusiastically, as Paul exhorts us to in Romans 12:11. But we can be enthusiastically serving ourselves (I know I can!). Serving ourselves can be so easily hidden. It can be made to look righteous, but in reality our “service” can have a self-centered motivation.

During His time on earth, one of the ways in which our Lord served, was by what He said. In love, He spoke the truth to others. Sometimes this was an encouragement, such as when He forgave sin. Sometimes it was a strong rebuke, such as when He called Peter Satan! Many times He was teaching truths to His followers.

What about me? How do I use my words to serve?

  • Do I speak the truth to encourage – “God is sovereign my friend. He has control of this situation”.
  • Do I love enough to rebuke – “Hey my friend (or child or spouse), this thing you’re doing is really not good. I am concerned for you.”
  • Do I take the time to teach His truths – When a friend or family member is faced with a difficult situation, do I help them see the biblical truth or principle that should be applied?

Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

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Embracing the Pain

We run from pain. Our bodies react to eliminate physical pain. We work quickly to eradicate emotional pain. To allow pain isnt logical. To embrace it?

The book of James says to “consider it pure joy” when faced with trials. Why? Because they test our faith. And this testing produces perseverance.  Another word for perseverance is “grit”. Do you want the Lord to make you into a gritty servant of His?

James 1:2-4 consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (ESV).

In Romans we are told to “rejoice in our sufferings”. Why? Because they bring endurance. Endurance brings character. Character produces hope. Do you want to be a gritty, follower of Christ, who displays endurance and character, and has eternal hope? Or would you rather be a cowardly, lethargic, hopeless, follower, who lacks integrity? Yeah, me too.

Romans 5:3-4 …but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseveranceperseverance, character; and character, hope (NIV).

In their natural state, metals contain impurities, making them unusable. The metal is brought to extremely high temperatures, which causes the impurities to separate from the metal. The impurities are removed, bringing the metal one step closer to being useful. We each have impurities within us (sin). To be a useful tool in the hands of our Creator, we too must be put under extreme conditions at times.

When the refining process occurs, don’t run. Ask….

  • What can I learn?
  • How can I grow and mature?

Don’t ask God to shrink your trials. Ask Him to grow you bigger than your trials.

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Even the mundane

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”.

Often we separate our “church life” with the rest of our life. We go about the mundane tasks of working, shopping, driving, exercising, or socializing without considering how we can be honoring God; how we might be pointing others towards Him.

Even while doing the most routine of activities, we must do it to the glory of God.

But why? And how?

Why?

Because Christ lived a perfect life for us and then died a horrible death to be our perfect sacrifice. We don’t do these things to earn salvation. We can never earn it; it was a free gift of grace and has nothing to do with what your effort (Ephesians 2:8). You have to confess of your sins and accept His free gift of Salvation. Our gratitude is shown in a life of giving. Giving to Him and for Him. Romans 12:1 says to offer ourselves as living sacrifices; this is our true worship.

How?

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:4).

  • Did something great happen to you? Thank God for it publicly.
  • Going through a difficult time? Acknowledge publicly that God uses such things to grow us.
  • In the midst of another beautiful day? Remind those near you of Gods amazing creation.
  • Know someone who is struggling? Ask if you can pray for them. Share your faith with them.
  • Someone offend you? Show them love and grace (like God did you).
  • Know someone making bad choices? Love them enough to point it out. Love does NOT mean avoiding conflict and difficult conversations.
  • Your time. Your money. Your talents.
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