Lessons Of A Lifetime

Servants Serving God
Or
Selfishly Serving Oneself
Sunday Feb. 6, 2022

Scripture To Consider:
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he was thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, “I repent,” you shall forgive him.’

“And the apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith.’ So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, “Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,” and it will obey you. And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, “Come at once and sit down to eat”? But will he not rather say to him, “Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink.”?’

“Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”   Luke 17.1-10

Something To Consider:
Offenses unfortunately are a part of life, but woe to the person or persons through whom offenses come. Even within the household of faith there are those who offend one another, sometimes over the most insignificant issues. But Jesus gave a one ton millstone warning to all offenders of God’s little ones, speaking of those who have believed in Jesus.

Jesus declared that it would better for that person, before offending one of His little ones, to be placed in concrete at the bottom of the ocean. For without repentance from offending one of His own, the same fate awaits the offender, as awaited the rich man in Hades in the true story of Lazarus and the rich man.

As servants of God offenses will come. But according to Jesus, “But woe to him [or her] through whom they [offenses] come.” Jesus declared in Matthew 25.40; “In as much as you have done it [whether it is to offend or to show mercy] unto one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me.”

Yes, offenses will come to the true believing Christian. But also, according to Jesus in Luke 6.35, “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be the sons [and daughters] of the Most High. For He [God] is kind to the unthankful and evil.”

Something Else To Consider:
And yet as believers we are to be forgiving when met with sincere repentance no matter the offense, or number of times we are offended. This teaching of Jesus prompted the disciples to ask Jesus to increase their faith. And His response to them was and to us is as true believers, that we are to speak the Word of God.

As mentioned before, faith comes by hearing the Word of God according to Romans 10.17. And according to Jesus and His example, faith is expressed or exercised by our speaking God’s Word. As we seek the Word of God, others hear and may have their faith strengthened and therefore increased.

The apostle Paul proclaimed in Galatians 6.9; “Let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not [or if we endure to the end].” And Peter added his advice concerning our not being weary in well doing, by stating in 1 Peter 2.15; “For so is the will of God, that with well doing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men [and foolish women, as well as foolish young people].”

How much better would the world be if the ignorance of foolish politicians and foolish religious and secular leaders were silenced? Let us as servants serving God refrain from being distracted by the ignorance of foolish individuals, especially when it is our own foolishness!

Something More To Consider:
But, even if we are able to speak miracles into existence, as according to Jesus, we must be mindful that we are servants of God and not of ourselves, serving only ourselves. True ministering leaders and leaders in training in God’s kingdom are servants serving God and God’s people. This biblical principle cannot be over emphasized.

Spiritual leaders in training should not be surprised by God requiring them to be servants. Jesus Christ our example, served even unto His death. He never fainted in well doing. He never once did not endure to the end of whatever difficulty He faced.

And therefore according to Philippians 2.9-11; “Therefore God has highly exalted Him [Jesus] and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and on those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

And from the epistle proclaiming pen of John the beloved apostle writing in 1 John 3.18-19, we are admonished; “My little children [true believers in Jesus], let us not love in word [only], neither in tongue [only], but [let us love] in deed and in truth. And by this [loving in deed and in truth] we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure [or persuade] our hearts before Him [before God].”

A Few Final Words:
Therefore, if we truly love others with a servant-style Christ-like attitude, then loving God and others in deed and in truth will become as second nature. And, having this biblical mindset will no longer drive us in the direction of desiring to serve ourselves only! To follow this scriptural advice will ultimately create servants serving God and others in a way that is pleasing to God of whom we willingly desire to serve.

And yet, serving God sometimes goes unnoticed and often unappreciated by many. But doing our duties as servants unto the Lord will help cultivate contentment and a faith filled servant’s heart. And according to Jesus, “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’”

Prayer:
Our Father in heaven, create in us a desire to express greater faith while we serve You by serving others. Help us to exercise our faith while being made more into the likeness of Jesus. In Him Always, Amen!

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