Summary: This sermon illustrates the importance of servanthood (Taken from Dr.Charles Stanly’s radio broadcast)
THE BELIEVERS HIGHEST HONOR
Imagine for a moment that a highly respected corporate executive has called you and ask you to be his personal assistant. He has decided you would be the best choice to handle his business, you would probably feel honored by such a privileged offer. Wouldn’t you
Most people would jump at chance to work for and serve Donald Trump. They line up to get on his show, The Apprentice. And I can understand that, it would be a privileged honor to work for a business executive like Donald Trump.
But today I want to remind you that we have been called by someone far greater than any business executive, God has given every Christian the job of serving him.
I hope this lesson will show you why servant hood is essential in solid Christian living. one of the reasons that so many Christians have difficulty in living a solid Christian life, is the contrast between what God teaches and what the world promotes, there is a vast contrast between the two.
the tragedy is that many Christians have been caught up in what the world teaches rather than what God teaches, because what the world teaches appeals to the flesh.
In John chapter 15 and, John chapter 17, and in 1 John chapter 5 we are warned about it, in 1 John 5 it says love not the world, nor the things that are in it, and that is, certainly don’t love their opinions, or their viewpoints. Yet that is exactly what happens. It is in these areas that we have such a great contrast between what the Bible teaches and what the world believes.
If you will I want you to turn to John chapter 12, I want us to read just a few verses here, John chapter 12:24 This is Jesus talking and he says; I tell you the truth unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it ,while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me ; and where I am, my servants also will be. My father will honor the one who serves me.
Listen to that, the father will honor those that serve him, all of us who believe fall in the category of servants of God. the world doesn’t view it that way, though. The world teaches that servant hood, is below them.
A well known speaker who preaches the gospel and also speaks to graduates at colleges said” he is introduced a lot of times with great introductions, some of them says he has this degree and that degree, attended this college and that college, honor this and honor that, but the introduction that he remembers the most.
And he remembers it the most because, it exalted God, not him. A young man simply said. It is my greatest pleasure to introduce to you my brother, servant of the most high God.
What a Biblical, God honoring introduction… Servant of the most high God. And do you realize that every single person that is a believer, that is exactly who we are.
The bible calls us ambassadors, Soldiers, servants, saints all of those things are, servants of the most high God, and I wonder do you see yourself that way, or do you simply see yourself as a church member.
The Bible says you and I are servants of the most high God, I wonder if it has ever dawned on you how very important that title is. That God could not give you a higher honor, than to call you one of his servants.
So I want you to think about this, because, I think that lot of people have the idea that when we talk about serving the Lord that somehow you take a step downward.
For example if someone says to you we need someone to serve in this place, or that place, well I don’t have time for that, or you know I don’t have an education for that. We give all kinds of excuses.
That makes me think of all the people the Lord has called in to his service to preach the gospel, to the mission field, or some particular service in church, and they’ve said no, they’ve given all kinds of excuses, saying no.
You may be a new Christian, or you may have obeyed the gospel a long time ago, you may have a lot of years behind you , but somewhere along the way it may have never dawned on you that when God saved you,
He saved you with this idea in mind, that you would become one of his servants, to accomplish his purpose, his will, and his plan in this life.