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From a Mothers Heart for the week of March 22, 2012

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By Bea Wallen

 Bea Wallen

From a Mothers Heart

God intended the Christian to have a heart for serving

 

         For you brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another (Galatians 5:13).

         God intended the Christian life should be dynamic, not static. We should sit under the teaching of the Word of God, understand and apply its meaning and implications, and serve God and others.

         Jesus taught the highest goal in life is not being served but being a servant. Could it be that the reason he places such a high value on serving is that it is centered on others rather than self centered?

         Jesus himself was an example of showing true humility. He emptied himself of his privileges. “Who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, talking the form of a servant and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the paint of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:6-8)

“For even the Son of man did not come to be served but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

         The Bible teaches that we should give ourselves completely to God as instruments of righteousness (see Romans 6:12-14). When we have the Spirit of God, it transforms our motives for serving.

         We read about the humility of Jesus when he washed His Disciples fleet in John 13:1-17. Jesus, the glorious incarnate Son of God, who could claim the Kingdoms of the world with a snap of His fingers, got up, took a towel and taught is how to serve. By performing the task of slave, he taught us how far we are to go in serving one another.

         Often we agree only to serve when it is convenient or if there is some kind of perk in it for us. Jesus wants us to understand that no service is too inconvenient, too mundane, or too grugy when we understand who it is we are serving. “In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40b).

         Paul often uses the figure of the human body to show the dependence of the members of the body upon one another and the importance of each member serving the other (Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31). While some members of the body have more prominent places of services than others all are equally important.

         Service for God cannot be evaluated by comparison to other people. The important thing to God is not how you measure up with others but what you are doing with what He has given you.

For when you give God control, He will give you ways to serve. If you can’t do anything but pray- God needs prayer warriors. God can give you the knowledge and discernment of what to pray about.

         In the church all the differing gifts and abilities come from the same spirit and all lead to service for the good of all.

         God said, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you” (Ezekiel 36:26).

         Once you have a changed heart, you have a changed life, which should lead to a heart to serve. It’s God’s will for is to recognize out gifts and put them to worthy use.

From my heart.