Jesus Reinstates Peter
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Duty or Privilege
By: Pauline Hylton, 1cbn.com
I really didn’t want to go to church. Everyone always asked about my family. “How’s your dad?” they would ask over and over again. I tired of telling them about his medical condition. Really, what I wanted to scream was, “How am I? I’m the one overseeing my parents care along with two teenagers, a husband, a full-time job and a family business! Why don’t you ask about me?!”
My father had his left leg amputated and was ready to move back in with us and I was petrified. That day at church, I ran into a woman who sometimes helped with Mom’s care and also provided total care for her mother.
“Paula. I’m afraid of Dad coming home. I’m afraid of physically caring for him. You did that with your father, didn’t you? How did you do it?”
She smiled and said, “Pauline, it is nothing. It was a privilege to care for him.”
I’ll never forget that.
It took several years before my caregiving went from a duty to privilege, but eventually, that is how I viewed it.
“After washing their feet, he put on his robe again and sat down and asked, ‘Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet.'” John 13:12-14 NLT
Jesus always viewed servanthood as a privilege. He also taught that to His disciples.
As Americans, we tend to believe we have rights and we should assert our rights.
As Christians, we may have rights, but to serve and give up our rights is a privilege.
Just ask Jesus. Check out this passage in Matthew 16:24-25,
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.’” (NLT)
I once heard a Christian musician say that a Christian is someone who is bananas about Jesus. That is a great definition. So, when we love Jesus and follow Him, we give up our lives and mirror His.
Thankfully, He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us. The change that took place in my view of caregiving is nothing other than miraculous. Divine.
Serving God is An Honor. It’s A Privilege. Be Thankful To God For the Privilege of Being In A Ministry
Forgive me for the long post but the other day in my time of reflection, I woke with some things that were unsettling in my spirit and thought I’d share.
I believe that God works through his people to accomplish impossible tasks that may seem impossible to us. God knows what it takes to do what he’s prepared for us. He often shapes us with experiences and training that prepares us for his purpose.
All Christians are called to ministry. However, being in a ministry doesn’t mean we are entitled to serve ourselves and in the process, claim a title. It means we serve God by serving others. We are speaking and serving directly on His behalf to others. We trade selfishness for selflessness. We bring glory to God. We bring honor to Him and not ourselves.
We have no idea what God has in store for us. In our service, we must be obedient. We must be careful not to become complacent or comfortable in our daily routine when placing priorities on things we did before we made the decision to serve God. We must put into action what we learn from his Word. Faith without works is dead. God wants our obedience. We remove “self” out of the equation. We change our mindset. We change the way we used to do things in order that we may bring glory to him.
Too many times we make it a point to get to work on time, never miss a day, and push ourselves beyond limits to get the job done. But choose not to be as dedicated and obedient to God as we are to our friends, family, employers, or loved ones. Failing to realize had it not been for God, we wouldn’t have a job. Or anything else for that matter.
If what we know about God to be true, there are no excuses why we choose to do what we do because we have been conditioned to do it. Yes, we learn. But we must also grow. We change our priorities to accomplish tasks He has prepared for us and positioned us to do. And if in the beginning, we know what God’s Word tells us is true, we will begin the process by doing, not what we want, but what he desires we do. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor 5:17)
When we learn and are assured of what God desires from us, in our service, we must walk the walk and talk the talk the right way to do that which pleases him. Walk with, and not away from God. When you talk with God and walk with God, you can become useful to Him. Welcome him into your thoughts and share your feelings, your concerns, and your dreams. Walk with him and put what you learn from his Word into action.
Blessed by God is not by your works, not an entitlement, nor can it be earned. It is a gift from God. You’re blessed to be a blessing to others. When God blesses you, don’t curse your blessings because you did not honor him when you chose to complain. Be a blessing to others. Glorify Him.
We cannot serve two masters. Make a choice. Either you will serve God or serve yourself.
Be blessed! – JD
Colossians 3:23,24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”(ES.”
The Privilege of Serving the Lord
K. T. C. Morris, Southampton, .preciousseed.org
What a privilege it is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ! He Himself assures us, “if any man serve me, him will my Father honour”. The apostle John similarly says that in the coming day, “his servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face”. John is speaking of slaves bought with a price and who have served their Lord out of love responsive to His. They will have two privileges. They will continue to render Him priestly service, and will also have the high honour of unrestricted access to the holy presence of the King; cf. Esther 1.14.
The word “servant” is first used in the Scriptures in connection with the curse upon Canaan: “a servant of servants shall he be”. What is implied is a place of inferiority to his brethren, and a lack of liberty as a result of sin. To the Creator every creature must necessarily be inferior, and the liberty which God gives must necessarily be limited to the doing of His holy will. The Lord Jesus says, “If the Son therefore shall make you free ye shall be free indeed”; that is, free to follow Him, free to serve Him. To serve the living and true God is not slavery, but true liberty; it is not a thing of shame, but an outstanding honour. Consider how God appreciates His servants. When appearing to Israel He promises him blessing “for my servant Abraham’s sake”. Reproving Aaron and Miriam He says, “wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?”. He promises protection to Jerusalem “for my servant David’s sake”, and exclaims, “Thou art my servant, 0 Israel, in whom I will be glorified”, Isa. 49. 3.
“Behold My Servant”. To enable us to serve God acceptably, the Scriptures give us not only explicit instructions but picture after picture of the perfect Servant, our Lord Jesus Christ. “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth”, Isa. 42. 1-4. As our attention is directed to the perfections of God’s Servant, we find in the fourfold description that is given us an example for all who would be acknowledged by God as His servants. First we read, “I have put my spirit upon him”. Christ did not embark upon His public ministry until He had been anointed by the Holy Spirit at His baptism. So our service, like our Lord’s, must be directed by, and empowered by, the Holy Spirit of God. The Lord Jesus promised that after His glorification everyone who believes in Him would be given the Holy Spirit within him to flow out like a stream to others. This is enlarged upon in later scriptures, John 7. 38-39; Acts 1. 8; 2 Cor. 1. 21 -22; Eph. 1.13. But the fact that we have been anointed with the Spirit is not sufficient. We must be careful that there is nothing to grieve him in our private life or in our business life, particularly in our feelings towards our fellow-men, Eph. 4. 30. Then, having “no confidence in the flesh”, we can count on the power of the Holy Spirit of God.