The Passion of the Servant
We have searched the Scriptures in the past few weeks to learn more how to be genuine servants of God. It is clear from the Bible that the main word for service (avad) is also used for worship. There is certainly an overlap between service and worship in both the Old and the New Testament. We WERE NOT created by God to SERVE Him as if He needed anything (see Acts 17), and the Son of Man came to SERVE – NOT to be served (Mark 10:45) …God has provided EVERYTHING for Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, therefore their ‘service’ did not in any way ‘help’ God, or provided for him food, a temple etc. That is what we find in other ancient Near Eastern myths. The God of the Bible is glorious NOT because He is served, but because He SERVES and provides for us. Our response to the grace and provisions of God should be OBEDIENCE and WORSHIP through the power and grace that He provides and works in us (Eph 3:20-21; 1 Pt 4:11 etc). For a true servant simply OBEYS and WORSHIPS the Giver who deserves all honor and praise. The Bible shows us clearly from the very beginning what is the DUTY of man…and on its last page it reminds us well (see also verse 9): Rev 22:3 – No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. Our worship and service must NOT be brought with a SLAVE MENTALITY. We are to serve our Lord as sons. In this context – we saw last week from Malachi 3:13-18, that a true servant believes that his service is NOT in vain (see also 1 Corinthians 15:58), and serves as a son serves his father. Tomorrow (Nov 4, 2007) we will continue by looking at the Passion/Attitude of the Servant. The message will be based on Romans 12:11 (Do not be slothful in zeal, be ferven in spirit, serve the Lord) – and will emphasize the fact that we have to serve with PASSION. Be fervent in the spirit is better translated; BOILING in the spirit. We are called to “BOIL” for Christ. In the service that we have entered willingly (after we were ransomed by the grace of Christ) – we are called to serve with our whole heart and with a fervent spirit. And the FOCUS us the LORD. John Piper breaks it this way:
1) Serve JESUS Not the Belly (Romans 16:17-18)
2) Serve Jesus Not People (Ephesians 6:6-7) – not as people pleasers.
3) Serve JESUS Not the Law (Romans 7:6)
May our good Lord give us the power and grace to serve Him with JOY – like true sons, and with a fervent spirit, so that His name may be glorified. Let’s ALL adopt this motto: As to the Lord, and not to men.
The love of Christ makes the lowliest acts sublime.
An excellent message about TRUE SERVICE – based on Ephesians 6:7, is the message of Spurgeon entitled Our Motto. You can find it on the net: http://www.gracegems.org/19/CHS_our_motto.htm