Summary: We can serve the Lord: 1. Through the ordinary routines of life (vs. 11-13). 2. Without the world's recognition (vs. 13-15). 3. Refreshed by fellow believers (vs. 13-15). 4. Reaching out for Jesus Christ (vs. 16-20).
We Serve the Lord God Almighty!
The Book of Acts - Part 92
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - July 26, 2015
*There is no greater privilege in this world than being a servant of the most high God. Christians, we serve the Lord! And here God's Word gives us some important truths about our service.
1. FIRST: WE CAN SERVE THE LORD THROUGH THE ORDINARY ROUTINES OF LIFE.
*In tonight's Scripture, Paul, his friends, the soldiers, the crew and the rest of the passengers, 276 people in all, have been spared from the terrible storm that wrecked the ship they were on. Now, vs. 11-13 describe some of the routine details as they resumed their journey to Rome:
11. After three months we sailed in an Alexandrian ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers, which had wintered at the island. (The twin Brothers were Castor and Pollux, the Gemini Twins, sons of the pagan god Zeus.)
12. And landing at Syracuse, we stayed three days.
13. From there we circled round and reached Rhegium. And after one day the south wind blew; and the next day we came to Puteoli.
*Instead of "circled around" the KJV says they "fetched a compass." I used to think that expression meant they bought a compass, but the original word means "to go about, stroll, wander, veer or make a circuit." A. T. Robertson explained that here "the ship had to tack to reach Rhegium and was not able to make the 'straight course' that described another ship in Acts 16:11. "Fetching a compass" then meant tacking into the wind. In other words, they had to sail in a diagonal, zigzag line, because the wind was against them. (1)
*Why in the world would God bother to put these trivial details in His Word? There are probably some wonderful reasons I don't know, but here's what it says to me: Just because we serve the Lord doesn't mean we won't go through the ordinary routines of life.
*We still have to go through the everyday humdrum of life. We still have to take care of the house, the yard and the car. We still hit traffic jams. We still have fender benders, still have to wait on the plane, and still get stuck at the airport.
*Sometimes we will have to "sail into the wind," and some of our best service can come through these ordinary things of life. One way is to have a godly reaction to setbacks and disappointments.
*Galatians 5:22-23 tells Christians that the fruit of the Holy Spirit in us is "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance." That should make a big difference in the way we react to everyday irritation and frustration in life.
*We can shine the light of Jesus Christ, IF we react in a Christlike way when we have to sail into the wind. Those situations also give us opportunities to help other people stuck there with us. And we get new opportunities to tell people about our Savior Jesus Christ.
*Sometimes our best service can come through the ordinary activities of life. I think of the Lord in John 4 when He witnessed to the Samaritan woman at the well. Please listen to the story in John 4:1-14:
1. Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John
2. (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),
3. He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.
4. But He needed to go through Samaria.
5. So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
6. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7. A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give Me a drink.''
8. For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9. Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, "How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?'' For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
10. Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.''
11. The woman said to Him, "Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water?
12. Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?''