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The Determination to Serve

on June 24, 2010
THE DETERMINATION TO SERVE by Oswald Chambers  
” ‘The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.’ Matthew 20:28 Paul’s idea of service is the same as Our Lord’s: ‘I am among you as He that serveth;’ ‘ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.’ We have the idea that a man called to the ministry is called to be a different kind of being from other men. According to Jesus Christ, he is called to be the ‘door-mat’ of other men; their spiritual leader, but never their superior. ‘I know how to be abased,’ says Paul. This is Paul’s idea of service – ‘I will spend myself to the last ebb for you; you may give me praise or give me blame, it will make no difference.’ So long as there is a human being who does not know Jesus Christ, I am his debtor to serve him until he does. The mainspring of Paul’s service is not love for men, but love for Jesus Christ. If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken-hearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men.

Paul’s realization of how Jesus Christ had dealt with him is the secret of his determination to serve others. ‘I was before a perjurer, a blasphemer, an injurious person’ – no matter how men may treat me, they will never treat me with the spite and hatred with which I treated Jesus Christ. When we realize that Jesus Christ has served us to the end of our meanness, our selfishness, and sin, nothing that we meet with from others can exhaust our determination to serve men for His sake.”

 

What an incredible devotional! This passage, by Oswald Chambers, puts into clearer perspective how we should treat everyone around us. It fires me up and makes me want to go out into the world to serve and show love to everyone I meet. I have been on a mission trip to Las Vegas twice. Each time was different in its own way, yet each time I was given the opportunity to serve others. But I don’t have to go to Las Vegas or any other place that requires airfare to get to in order to serve people. The smallest act-smiling at someone, giving a compliment- is a way to serve others on an everyday basis.

I love the line, “So long as there is a human being who does not know Jesus Christ, I am his debtor to serve him until he does.” I have never thought of myself as being a debtor to someone who isn’t saved. That is a new perspective of looking at it. Think about it. Christ came into the world to offer himself up for us. His last words to his disciples before he ascended to heaven were “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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20) We are called by Christ himself to serve everyone who does not know him.

The other line in this devotional that caught my attention is the last sentence. Read it again. We are unworthy of God’s kindness, mercy, patience, and unending love, yet he gives it to us anyway. This is how we are to show love to others. As servants of Christ, and in our pursuit to immitate his love, it is our resposibility to show love, kindness, and mercy to everyone- NO MATTER WHAT. This is an area I have been growing in recently. I have learned that the times when I want to argue with someone, get annoyed, and blow up, are the times when it is most important to show love. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5)  I have been reading the book “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan, and it gave me a new way to look at this verse. Go back through it and replace the word “love” with your name every time it appears in the verse. This should be our goal. We will never be perfect at it, but it is our duty to think on this regularly and put it into practice. Go out into the world and serve!

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