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Serving The Lord

Serving The Lord
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 8

Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior; Titus 1:1-3 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.   

Today we will be looking at the fifth of our "Family duties" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to every Christian believer that we come in contact with.  And that fifth duty is also our 8th way to honor God.  

8.    "...Serving the Lord" (Rom 12 v. 11)

Serving the Lord is an honor that we are given, and it is our Christian duty as well.  One of the ways we do this is by serving others in the body of believers as if we were serving God.  We don't worship them - that is reserved for God, but we serve them just as we are to serve Him.

Understanding the terms used here in this exhortation helps provide a visual picture for us to better understand our relationship.  While we are God's children once we have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior - we are also subject to Him as our Lord.  This means that He (Jesus) is the Lord of our life, and we are to submit to His will for our lives, and we are to allow His Word to guide and direct us in "All" of our actions (See Rom 12:1-2).

Being a "Servant" or as Paul describes it, a "Bondservant," is akin to being a willing slave also known as a "Bond Slave."

In the days of the Old Testament, poverty stricken Jews would sometimes sell themselves into the service of a slave to their fellow Jews to pay off a debt that they might owe. But they also knew that one day they would be set free again because God's law for them stated that each slave was to be treated fairly and that they were to be released at the end of the 6th year of slavery - fulfilling their debt (See Exodus 21:2-6).  

Some slaves developed a great relationship and were treated so well that they realized that their quality of life was actually better being slave of their master.   And since they were so grateful, when it was time to be released, they opted to remain in slavery to their master.  They would then give up all of their rights permanently and continue to submit to their master willingly - they were now known as a "Bond-slave." This would be openly proclaimed in public by the piercing of the bond-slaves ear by an awl.

Q:    Why do you think God put this example of voluntary slavery into the Bible?

A:    Because it depicts our relationship as Christian men and women to His Son Jesus, as we voluntarily and publically acknowledge that we want Jesus to be our "Lord" and "Master," we willingly say that we desire to be a bondservant of God.  As a result, we give up "our rights" and submit to "His will."

The Apostle Paul opened up many of his epistles by identifying himself as a bondservant (Bond slave) of Jesus Christ, and in Philippians we are given an outline of how we are to live as a bondservant.
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:3-7 (NKJV)

Our serving the Lord with a proper perspective and with proper priority is based on a clear understanding of our relationship with Him - Knowing He is our Lord, we should fervently want to do His will, and to follow His Word.  We serve God when we serve other believers in a practical ways.  We serve God when we worship Him with reverential awe.

And we need to remember that when we serve God by serving others in the Body of Christ - we need to do it with a happy, loving, and cheerful heart.

Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Psalms 100:2 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think about your position in Christ today as a believer.  You are freed from the bondage of sin - that is certain.  But are you a willing bondservant of our Lord Jesus? Do'nt be dejected - just be determined to be used in a mighty way today - God desires to use you in a great way.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about our being a bondservant from the scriptures above?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to do what He has asked, or are you simply living a life that is preoccupied with satisfying your desires?

APPLICATION:  Make your mind up whether you have made that public proclamation of being a bondservant of Jesus yet or not.  If you have, then start to ask God, "What is it Lord that you desire of me - show me how you want me to serve You."

Father, Thank You for being a gracious Master.  Lord I do desire to be a bondservant of Yours.  Tell me what it is that You desire of me today.  Show me how You want me to serve others in the body.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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