The Life of Service
The King of Love my Shepherd is
Whose goodness faileth never
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever
Dear brother and sister in Christ Jesus. We now come to the most difficult
part of being a Christian, that of getting out of our individual selfish,
worldly comfort zones, going out there and putting on the yoke to help
move the spiritual load out of reach of the god of this world.
Yoke The frame of wood joining draught oxen at the necks; any similar
frame, such as one for carrying pails; servitude or slavery.
Note We are the only living creatures that willingly wear
a yoke. It is against all natural (worldly) tendencies. It is done in
loving obedience for our Lord.
Are you and I willing?
Here's that verse again:
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he
it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and
I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
There are two kinds of commandments that we keep; those of a worldly nature
such as of the law, and those of a spiritual nature - of the heart that
the Holy Spirit reminds us of as we walk on the Way.
Here's that other passage:
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto
him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first
and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt
love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law
and the prophets.
So, let us stop looking for excuses but ask the Lord God for guidance and
then take the next step of faith. That is, if we Believe: If we
voluntarily have the Holy Spirit in control of our lives.
Here's a promise of God, The One whom we believe in:
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be
content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my
helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
We shall undoubtedly be tempted to carry on in our comfortable worldly
ways because this is our enemy's plan to keep us out of the Kingdom.
And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray
that ye enter not into temptation.
And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray,
lest ye enter into temptation.
For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith,
lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings
of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always,
desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
(1 Thessalonians 3:5-6)
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried,
he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them
that love him.
Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I
also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon
all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
It will not be God that tempts us:
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot
be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted,
when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
We shall experience difficulties from the adversary if we go out there
into the spiritual battlefield:
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children,
My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou
art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth
every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with
you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But
if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards,
and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected
us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather
be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily
for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for
our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now
no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless
afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which
are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and
the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which
is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing
this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience
have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try
you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch
as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall
be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached
for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and
of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your
part he is glorified.
(1 Peter 4:12-14)
We must remember at all times that God is in control of everything, even
Satan is doing God's work:
Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against
thee: I am God, even thy God. I will not reprove thee for
thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually
before me. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats
out of thy folds. For every beast of the forest is mine, and
the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains:
and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would
not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Will
I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer unto God thanksgiving;
and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble:
I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. But unto the wicked God
saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou
shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction,
and castest my words behind thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst
with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth
to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest
against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son. These things
hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether
such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set
them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget
God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his
conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in
Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall
rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before
him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs
with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently
lead those that are with young. Who hath measured the waters in the hollow
of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust
of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the
hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being
his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who
instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him
knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? Behold, the nations
are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of
the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. And
Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient
for a burnt offering. All nations before him are as nothing; and
they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. To whom then will
ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto
them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children
of the living God. Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number
of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be
saved: For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness:
because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.
And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's
wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith
should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit
we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this
world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak
the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which
God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes
of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified
the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared
for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his
Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which
is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of
God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit
which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to
us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things
with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit
of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth
all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the
mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 2:4-16)
However, once we start doing God's work we shall be protected from being
overcome by more tribulation than we can handle:
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God
is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye
are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that
ye may be able to bear it.
(1 Corinthians 10:13)
Obeying God's wishes, submitting our will to His, gives us spiritual protection
from our spiritual enemy:
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater
is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
(1 John 4:4)
The best way to do this is to follow the instructions in the Book:
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take
unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the
evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins
girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all,
taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the
fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword
of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer
and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance
and supplication for all saints;
Obeying God's wishes, being obedient in heart, is a form of servitude not
And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud
rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so
it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be
heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face
of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this
time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? When
thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in
the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he
hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and
the officer cast thee into prison. I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence,
till thou hast paid the very last mite.
And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto
them, If any man come to me, and hate not
his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters,
yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth
not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which
of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth
the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply,
after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it,
all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to
build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against
another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able
with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage,
and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that
forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is
good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men
cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues,
and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and
every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was
moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered
abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples,
The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers
are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will
send forth labourers into his harvest.
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling
into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto
them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and
to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway
took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded
with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he
that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had
received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After
a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents,
saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained
beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou
good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I
will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst
unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast
been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one
talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping
where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I
was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there
thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou
wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed
not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have
put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have
received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give
it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath
shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not
shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable
servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he
was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God
should immediately appear. He said therefore, A certain
nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and
to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds,
and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and
sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign
over us. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received
the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to
whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had
gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained
ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou
hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And
he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came,
saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid
up in a napkin: For I feared
thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou
layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto
him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou
wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up
that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest
not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required
mine own with usury? And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him
the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said
unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto every
one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he
hath shall be taken away from him. But those mine enemies, which would
not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before
Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping
him, and desiring a certain thing of him. And he said unto her,
What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant
that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other
on the left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered and said, Ye
know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink
of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye
shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am
baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine
to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of
my Father. And when the ten heard it, they were moved with
indignation against the two brethren. But Jesus called them unto him,
and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles
exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority
upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great
among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among
you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered
unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
The Lord has blessed us with the knowledge of Him and all His benefits
Cannot we reciprocate in turn, that our acts of charity to others are a
sweet savour to our God?
I really do want to go to be with God one day!
Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my
whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have
pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness
endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the
LORD is gracious and full of compassion. He hath given meat unto
them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. He hath shewed
his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of
the heathen. The works of his hands are verity
and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast
for ever and ever, and are done in
truth and uprightness.