Thursday, June 19, 2008

To Do Or Serve

As I was doing my devotions this morning this statement caught my eye. "We consider what we do in the way of Christian work as service, yet Jesus Christ calls service to be what we are to Him, not what we do for Him. We quoted Luke14:26

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple.

This started my thinking which is what a good devotion should do. So I asked God to show me.

Here is what I came up with.

First we are not pursued. He doesn't say "when you come you will" He says "if you come". Next he says hate.... He does not me hate in the way some might think. He means if you want to be my disciple you must be completely devoted to Him. You can't let your family block you.

So back to the statement above. I think this is why Christians tent to devote themselves to the work for Christ instead of being devoted to Christ. We are to serve God not people. God calls us to "Go and make disciples" not go and do their work.
Matthew 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Now one way of making disciple is to first get to know the person and a good way to do that is to lend a hand in help some way. So by doing service with a person you will get to know them and be able to share Christ with them. What we need to keep in mind is we are serving God though our relationship with Him not by doing works.

Just something I was thinking about.

No comments: