Summary: Getting a high station so you can be served; having others serve you and do your bidding; becoming a big shot...That's what life's all about, right? Not in God's kingdom. In this "One Another" command, we learn why, and how we can become great before God.
Serve One Another
Message 6 in One Anothers Series
October 13, 2013
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Intro is not original with me, but I have lost the source. If anyone knows who it is, I’d be glad to attribute if you would send me the source information.
TEXT: Please turn in your Bibles to Galatians 5:13 which we will read a little later.
Illus. – A pastor in Kansas City, Kansas, was organizing opportunities for people in his church to do small acts of kindness as a demonstration of Christ’s love in the community. He phoned several neighborhood grocery stores and laundromats for permission to do specific services.
In one call, the employee who answered the phone hesitated, and then said, “I’ll need to ask the manager, but first, let me make sure I understand: You want to clean up the parking lot, retrieve shopping carts, hold umbrellas for customers, and you don’t want anything in return?”
“Yes, that’s right,” the pastor replied.
After a moment, the employee returned to the phone. “I’m sorry,” he said, “we can’t let you do that because if we let you do it, we’d have to let everyone else do it, too!”
Isn’t that silly? Why NOT let everyone else do it? Wouldn’t that be wonderful if everyone found ways to serve?
It would be a little like heaven on earth.
• Do you want to find a little bit of heaven in your HOME?
• Do you want to find a little bit of heaven in your WORK?
• Do you want to find a little bit of heaven in all your RELATIONSHIPS?
THEN LEARN TO SERVE!
It’s the reason Christ set us free: Look with me at our text in Galatians 5:13 where we begin to see what our freedom in Christ means to us practically and how it can positively impact all our relationships.
Galatians 5:13 says, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
Right now we’re in a series on the “One Anothers” of the New Testament and so far we’ve seen that we’re members of one another, and we’ve learned that we’re to love one another, be likeminded with one another, accept one another, and greet one another.
At the end of our text we find our sixth “One Another”: By love, we’re to serve one another. The Galatians were caught up in soteriological legalism, thinking they had to add works to grace to be saved or to maintain their salvation. The book of Galatians is a refutation of that false gospel.
But Paul doesn’t want the Galatians to go from LEGALISM to LICENSE. He teaches that God has called us to LIBERTY so we could LOVE, not LUST. Since you’re free, Paul teaches…“Don’t serve yourself. Don’t indulge your sinful nature. Don’t let your freedom become a beachhead for the flesh.” Instead of legalism or license, Paul says to use your liberty to serve others in LOVE.