We Are Servants

We Are Servants

Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover, it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.  (! Cor 4:1-2)

James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad . . .  (Jas 1:1)

“These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.”  (Act 16:17)

. . . just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  (Mt 20:28)

As shown in Matthew chapter 20, Jesus came to serve humanity—He came as a servant.  Jesus came to reconcile mankind to His loving Father, and how thankful we are for His completed work. 

The Bible tells us that Jesus is our example.  (1 Pet 2:21)  Since He lived to serve humanity (which means people), so also should we!   Let’s admit that God saved us to empower us to serve others. 

How may we serve other people in meaningful ways which bring glory to God?

  • Hold onto and teach others sound doctrine. (Tit 1:9; 2:1)
  • Perform good works/deeds for other people so that people will give glory to God for them. (Mt 5:16; Eph 2:10)
  • Be LIGHT in the world. (Mt 5:14)  Jesus says in John 8:12 that He is the light of the world.  As believers, we are to allow the light of Christ within us to shine forth to all.
  • Live honorably. (1 Pet 2:12)
  • Be faithful. (Mt 25:23)
  • Use your gifts, skills, and passions to serve within the body of Christ. (Rom 12:4-6; 1 Cor 12:27-28)

Living our lives as an offering and a sacrifice to the Lord—in service to others—is not only honorable; it is very satisfying.  God bless you.

Kingdom Mysteries

Kingdom Mysteries

And He said, “To you, it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’  (Luke 8:10 NKJV)

The word mysteries doesn’t refer to religious secrets or things that are hard to understand, but rather about divine revelation that, in the past, has been dismally and joylessly understood.1 These mysteries are now fully published in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Parables are given to reveal and to conceal, presenting mysteries to those who are spiritual who know and relish them, but not to those who are insensible to spiritual things—who may think them merely an entertaining story.1

According to one Bible teacher: “While many of the illustrations which Christ used were designed to make plain the truth, parables were intended to reveal the truth only to believers and required explanation in order to understand them. In a sense, they were riddles which required a key, but supplied with the key, the truth became prophetically eloquent.”2 

And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables, so that while seeing, they may see and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven.”3 

In order to hear and understand the mysteries of the kingdom, a person must love Jesus and come alive to the truths of life in Christ.  We must love the approval of God more than the approval of men.

As Jesus’ disciples, we won’t learn everything all at once.  We come to understand the mysteries of the kingdom as we walk in fellowship with the Lord, and as we serve Him.  We also may come under criticism or ridicule for being a Christian.  In the midst of these types of life experiences, we must keep listening to the Lord. 

Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit, and He told us that the Spirit would guide us into all truth.4  His divine power has given us everything that we need for life and godliness.5  This is truly a divine mystery! 

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1 Jamieson, Fausset & Brown commentary on Mt 8:11 and Mt 11:25
2 From the series: Matthew Thy Kingdom Come, Article contributed by www.walvoord.com
3 Mark 4:11-12
4 John 16:13
5 2 Peter 1:3