Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Preaching the Truth
“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”(John 12: 26)
God has given every Christian the job of serving him but the tragedy is that we have been caught up in what the world teaches rather than what God teaches, because what the world teaches appeals to the flesh. To be called to serve God the creator of the universe, and to serve Christ the savior is the highest honor for a believer.
To serve Christ acceptably means an unconditional surrender and a holy and reverent fear for His commands of love. Love God with your heart, your soul and your mind, which is brought forth in the first four commandments, and love your neighbor as yourself, which is taught in the last six commandments. Jesus showed that by dying to the things of this world we have eternal life. If the things of this life have preeminence in our hearts and we are not able to die unto them, we will lose that spiritual life, that spiritual communion with Christ. So we need to get our priorities straight.
When we are serving Christ we get a little taste of the glory we shall have in serving Him eternally. As servants we are in the company of angels, prophets, and apostles, we have different roles and duties, but the common thread is that we are all servants. And the glory compensates for the hard role of a servant in a world of power.
Prayer: Lord, give us hearts that want to serve you and one another through the motivation of love and not guilt. Help us to give our time, talent and resources for developing our relationship with you and with one another in the Body of Christ. Amen!
Thought for the day: Great teachers serve their students. Great physicians serve their patients. Great managers serve their employees. God says that the way to be great in His kingdom is to be a servant. The only way we can ever serve Christ acceptably is by following Him.
Saji Thomas, MTC Washington