Thursday, February 11, 2010

Service or Serve Us?

In every church there is a constant tension between service and serve-us. Most churches end up tipping the scale towards the members only. But to reach and disciple the lost means tipping the scales in the opposite direction. This requires unselfish members who are willing to give up their own comfort, preferences, and traditions. Enormous spiritual maturity is required for church members to voluntarily make this shift.

Everyone likes to be called a “servant of God.” But who likes to be called a servant of OTHERS? But we serve God best when we are serving others.

Jesus said of Himself, “Even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister…” (Matt.20:28). This is the mind of an unselfish servant… a true servant of God… one who serves others.

Church members demonstrate incredible spiritual maturity when they are considerate of the needs and fears of unbelievers and are willing to place those needs above their own. The apostle Paul said, “I am made all things to all men…and this I do for the gospel’s sake” (I Corinthians 9:22-23). It’s not for my sake, for traditions, for my preferences, or because this is the way we’ve always done it. We do this for Jesus’ sake ( 2 Corinthians 4:5).

It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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