How are you? How is your week going? Do you see yourself as a servant this week?
We saw this past Sunday that the way you do that is to consider others more significant than yourselves. It is to count others’ interests above your own. With that heart, we serve the church, and we serve our neighbor for the sake of God’s glory.
This may seem impossible to you. Your interests claim a very large portion of your heart. It’s hard to count others (even family) more significant than yourselves. It’s in our nature to be selfish. It’s in our nature to live for our own glory and prosperity.
So… how can our hearts change? How can we be geared upward and outward rather than inward?
It is in the truth that Paul states in Philippians 2:5: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
If we trust in Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are united to Him. We have His heart, because He has first served us by way of the cross.
Jesus Himself said that He came not to be served but to serve. He gave His life as a ransom for many. And after washing the disciples’ feet that represented His washing of our hearts by His blood, He called them and us to serve one another.
We are able to serve, because we have His heart. We are able to serve, because He first served us. We are able to consider others more significant than ourselves and to count others’ interests above our own, because Christ has first done it for us.
Have you served others outside of your family recently? Have you served for the sake of God’s glory and kingdom? Why have you served?
Take some time this week and reflect on the service of Jesus Christ for you by way of the cross. Cherish what Paul says is true for you in your salvation: encouragement in Christ, comfort from love (of the Father), participation in the Spirit, affection, and sympathy. Trust in Him and repent. Ask the Lord for grace, strength, and boldness as you endeavor to serve Him by serving others.
Like I said on Sunday, service is not an option. It’s the call of every redeemed person. It’s a spiritual discipline. But most of all, it’s a privilege. May the Lord bless you as you bless others.
Hope you can join us for FB Live tomorrow @5:30pm as we continue our look at racial injustice. If you are interested in worshiping in person on Sunday, please pre-register at:
In Christ,
Pastor Tim
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