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Summary: Based on Richard Foster’s "Celebration of Discipline" this is a practical guide to understanding and practicing "Service"

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The Discipline of Service

July 22, 2007

Grant van Boeschoten

Joshua 24:15 (NRSV)

15 Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Have you ever thought about what it means to “SERVE” the Lord. We use the word serve a lot but I’m not sure that we always have the full meaning of the word in our minds.

We say that we’ll serve in the church or serve in our communities but then we want to customize our experience to suit our needs and our desires.

PERSONAL EXAMPLE: Miles Ahead Crusade (Security Bouncer)

The discipline of service says that we serve because we are servants, not because we are choosing to serve.

EX: Mother Teresa

All her life, Mother Teresa helped and served people suffering from diseases, people struck by calamities, those who were unwanted in society. She even challenged people not to choose an option of abortion and said "Do not kill the child, I want the child, give the child to me!" All her life, she stood, acted and carried all the responsibilities of a mother for all those who needed her, soothed those who were in pain, gave a smile to those who had no hopes from life. She traveled to places where nature’s fury had killed thousands of people and thousands of people had lost everything, she helped them and brought them to the Homes she had established for them.

Mother Teresa modeled for us the words of Jesus Christ, “To be great you must be a servant of all.”

When you look back at the life of Mother Teresa it is hard to find any other master in her life but God alone. Money didn’t have a hold on Mother Teresa, fame and popularity didn’t sway her convictions, people’s opinions were never strong enough to pull her away from a life of service.

God is the only person or thing that Mother Teresa was serving.

God is also the only person or thing that Mother Teresa was worshipping.

You see Service and Worship go right together. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness Satan took Jesus to a hill and showed Jesus all the different kingdoms of the world. Bow down and worship me and I will give you all of this.

Luke 4:8 (NLT)

8 Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ”

There are some tests that you can use to examine your motives to see who or why you are serving and who you are worshiping.

1. Who needs to notice?

It’s really fun to sit back and poke fun of people who change their actions just because the camera is on them. Every once in a while at a church service the camera’s will switch from the stage to the audience and inevitably there will be somebody who is playing it up for the camera.

Demonstrate

Who needs to notice you when you are singing, do your actions change when you realize that somebody is watching you.

How about when you are serving? Does it matter if nobody ever realizes what you have done? Do you seek the applause of men or the applause of God?


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