What are we willing to do for sake of the advancement of the gospel?
In the second part of the series on gospel identities, we were enlightened through Scripture how Jesus saves God’s people to be servants, and we are servants of God who serve God by serving others. We are servants of God. Whether we know it or not, everyone is a servant. Before we came to Christ we were servants to sin, we were in slavery to sin. We were so enslaved that we didn’t even know it.
How then do we get freedom? Jesus the High King of heaven left glory & came in humility to give his life as a ransom for many, and his redemptive blood was the price to set the captives free. However, the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.
We must constantly preach this truth to ourselves so that we do not go back to serving what Jesus set us free from. Just as Jesus obeyed the Father, we are servants of God, who serve God by serving others. Our service to others reflects whether or not we trust the servant who died for us to set us free. Service verifies or nullifies what we say with our mouths – service matters. Those who serve in the way that pleases God do not keep any logs of what they have done. True greatness is in service to others. It is not about glory but about grit, not about how much you have but how much you serve.
Godly service is not about notoriety. Let’s leave our resumes at home and bring our tool belts, cleaning toilets more than wanting to stand on platforms. Also, we serve for Jesus’ fame, not our name. There is the Double-Edged sword! When we serve we can get a sense of entitlement which reveals that we were really serving for our name, instead of the glory of God. As long as it’s for the sake of gospel advancement, we need to be willing to do whatever we’re able to do.
Lastly, we must get out of comfort zones so others can be brought home. As we gather as a body that wants to reflect #REVELATION 7-9 NOW what do we need to do is to step across lines of dissimilarity so that other kids can be brought home? How can serve at the PO? How can my Dgroup serve our neighborhood or target group? How can I serve at my house? (You can listen to this message on our gospel identity as a servant by Pastor Mike HERE!)
I know using caps can be OBNOXIOUS but we have a huge need (and opportunity to walk out our Servant Identity!) this Saturday at the Post Office, 10AM – 2PM. Here’s the skinny, next Friday & Saturday (March 27 & 28) a team from First Presbyterian Trenton is coming to build walls…you know, for our nursery, bathrooms, hallways, kitchen, etc on the first floor — pretty huge. BUT we have some things that need to get done BEFORE they come in order to maximize their time. We need all the stuff in the back of the auditorium moved to the house behind the PO for storage and we need to drop one last cinder block wall (the wall right near the front door). Many hands make light work. Could you commit to being at the Post Office 10AM SHARP this Saturday March 21? We are capping the day at 2PM &, with enough help, we may complete this project in less than four hours. If you are able to help please email me back.
This is a great opportunity to put into practice what we have learned and have been convicted of from this past Sunday! See you all there!