Thursday, August 15, 2013

Servanthood

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This post is from my first (serious) spiritual leader, Theo Villa. The teaching seems to be very timely as we are building a lifegroup (and hopefully church soon) here in Dubai and serving God in this location is a big challenge but a great opportunity.

Servanthood (John 2:1-12)

Serving God is an invitation to all [ver 1-2]
Matthew 9:37-38 (TNIV) - (Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.")
  • Everyone of us is called to serve God. His invitation goes out to everyone regardless of age, sex, education background, family background or profession. 
  • Everyone has a role to play in his kingdom
Serving God requires  willingness to serve [ver 4]
God has given us gifts... gift of leadership, gift of music, administration... and so on... but these are nothing if we are not willing to use it for the glory of God.  Further more, God does not look at what we do best, but God looks at the willingness of our heart to do His will.  

1 Samuel 16:7 (TNIV) - (But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things human beings look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.")

God knows what's on our heart... He knows your motives, he knows if you are scared, He knows if you are willing to be used by Him. Serve God because you are willing not because you are able to do things... 

Serving God Requires Obedience ver [5-7]
  • Obedience is a state of heart.  You can obey your leaders but deep inside you grumble... You can obey some yet your mind would say... "My idea is better than yours" 
  • Obedience is humility... accepting others and respecting others. 
  • You obey your leaders because they are God's appointed Shepherds, leaders, & mentors... you obey them because you honor & respect them. 
Serving God requires you to serve God First and then others.
  • Your Master is Jesus... 
  • You serve Jesus when you serve others.
  • You serve Jesus if you serve together with your leaders.
  • You serve Jesus if you offer your talents & skills for His glory.
Serving God means Jesus first, serving others & lastly yourself. Serving God means to focus on God Himself.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (TNIV) - (Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, [2] fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)

Serving God brings out the best in you [ver 9-10]
Serving God means:
  • allow Him to use you 
  • allow Him to discipline you 
  • allow Him to transform you thru His Love
  • allow Him to develop your character
  • allow Him to discover your gifting
God reveals His goodness through your serving [ver 11-12]
Many people will be blessed because you have serve God... 

God will bless you and through you many people will be blessed... you will be a channel of blessing, an encourager, through you healing will come, through you many people will come to know Jesus.

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