17 August 2015 - Servanthood

Servanthood

On Sunday the 16th Minister Susan Ogidan bought to us a teach on servant-hood.

We looked at what it means to be a servant. A means one who serves. It is about serving God. Another definition is a devoted follower – we are talking about following Christ. Another is one who is distinguished as obedient and faithful to God or Christ (Joshua 1:2; 2 Kings 8:19)

How do we serve God? – One way is to use our talents to serve God.

Also, Jesus said whatever you do for anyone of these (my children), you do for me, so another way to serve God is in helping others – (Matt. 25: 34-45).

Reasons for service

We have been commanded to serve the Lord our God – (Exodus 23:25-26, Joshua 22:5)

Appreciation to God for all He has done for us, (See Joshua 24:13-15).

Serving God is a way of showing our love for Him.

To be a leader, it is advisable to be a servant first. This was demonstrated by Jesus. See the following verses: Mark 10:42-45, “instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”

In John 13:12-17 it says, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Serving also enhances the smooth running of God’s work. Every joint supplies, and we are better connected to the main body. We feel the love of our brethren and ultimately, God’s love. We shine our light to the world because as we serve one another and serve in God’s house, people see the love we have for each other and are drawn to us. This allows us to evangelize more easily.

Serving helps us grow. It builds us up both in God’s work and in our daily lives – at home, at work, at school, in the community.

Reasons for not serving

Fear/timidity – what if things go wrong, what will people say
Pride – people will look down on us. We are all servants before God.
Laziness- lots of excuses.
We don’t know where we can serve – some need help. You should ask, listen to comments or commendations from others.

Benefits of our service

Read Deut. 11:13-15, Colossians 3: 23-24;

If we are all serving then there will be unity in the body of Christ, everyone doing their own part, which makes us more effective.

We are blessed when we serve. Serving is giving back to God. Think of what happens when we give back to God. (Luke 6:38)

As we serve God, we acquire more of His character and we are better equipped to do the work He sent us to do – make disciples. Read Acts 4: 13-14. In this passage, Peter and John are now showing the characteristics of their leader, Jesus Christ. It says they were unlearned and ignorant, but they were bold, like their leader. This is because they had been serving the Lord first, His character has rubbed off on them.

We learn/acquire knowledge/gain wisdom. We have been told in the book of proverbs to seek knowledge and gain wisdom. As we serve we gain new knowledge which we can apply in other outside situations.

It is more interesting and we grow more when we actively serve.

Joshua 24:15 – “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. As we serve, it encourages others to serve also, example- our children. Don’t forget, they watch and learn from us.

What do we need to be good and effective servants, what are the qualities of a good servant?

Love for God and for one another.

Genuine Humility & Obedience, a humble heart (e.g. Jesus) – Phillipians 2:5-11, John 15:10

Watchfulness, Honesty and Integrity – The ultimate aim of every child of God is to make heaven. We don’t want to be caught sleeping when the Lord comes. Luke 12:35-49.

Willingness to serve, e.g. David (Started off tending sheep and excelling there long before he became King), See David’s advice to Solomon in 1Chron. 28:9 to serve God willingly.

Hard–working and have the tenacity to keep going. Remember the parable of the talents.
Boldness (Like David, Joshua, Daniel). We need to step out boldly.

All the qualities of a disciple – prayerfulness, knowledge of the Word, a giving attitude.

Trustworthy, and we also need to put our trust in God, that He is more than able to help us in our service.

Jesus has done it all for us, laid down His life for us, suffered shame for us, given us a second chance over and over forgiving us, He has saved us from eternal death, think how faithful He has been, how many times he’s delivered us, how He loves and blesses us and our families, the jobs He’s provided us, how he fights our battles, how he heals us, we should appreciate Him and tell Him we love Him through serving Him, and in doing so, we will experience the blessings that come with it.

Sermon by Susan Ogidan

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