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Written by Chris Kibble   
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 15:50

Dear all

 

Of all the attitudes that Jesus might have adopted, the choice of a servant attitude was a surprise to his disciples. They wanted to follow society's pattern, to 'lord it over' others. They wanted to follow the pattern of greatness seen in secular society.' Not so', said Jesus 'whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant and whoever wants to be first must be your slave’.

 

Being a servant helps us be more like Jesus, as someone said, 'by experiencing the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves’. We will never come anywhere close to Jesus' death on the cross. But we can practice such little deaths as we serve others. And as we serve one another, it brings glory to God. Serving also demonstrates our knowledge of God. After we become Christians, Paul says in Ephesians, we can do the good works 'which God prepared in advance for us to do'. In fact, the Apostle James confirms, without the evidence of such works, it's unlikely we have real faith. As Spurgeon said, 'he is no Christian who does not seek to serve his God'. Service, too, expresses our love for God: as Jesus says in Matthew 25, 'whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for me'. Serving gives pleasure to God, and also to others. Think of the sorrow expressed by the Ephesian elders when Paul described how he would need to leave them after his two year ministry in Ephesus. And finally serving can bring great reward to us.


And what better place to practice our servanthood than in God's church. In Galatians, Paul says, 'let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers', There are many opportunities to serve - in worship, on the Board, in ushering and many more. And it needn't stop when we are of 'retirement ' age. Donald Whitney comments 'don't quit your serving when you are most qualified to serve. Don't lay aside your experience when it is most valuable. James Houston adds 'seniors can play a crucial role for younger members, in taking notice of them, counsel and encouragement’.


Blessings

 

Pastor Chris

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