Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Living Tableau- Service

Romans 12: 7-13
7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

Luke 22: 27 (NLT)
27 Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.

Pastor’s Notes

As a means of being a servant, one must identify one’s spiritual gifts and put them to work. No one set of gifts can do the work of the church. It takes the gifts of many dedicated Christians to work together towards a common cause. One’s strengths should balance one’s weaknesses and welcome the work of others that can fill in the areas where one may not be strong. Together in service means that thew tasks will be done and done well if everyone works together for the good of God’s Kingdom here on earth and the church.

God tells us love the Lord our God with all of our hearts, minds, souls and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This requires us to love others so much that we share our strengths to help them become better people and we open ourselves to receive help from them so that our weak areas will be strengthened, therefor yielding outstanding team work. There is no place for competition in doing God’s work. It is important that Christians work together for the good of humanity. Service is working for the Lord in a manner that benefits others and the church.

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