Monday, December 13, 2010

Serving the Master



I wanted to share our sermon from yesterday morning, on the passage below. This was so encouraging, and convicting for me as he talked about faithfully serving Christ in the small things, day in and day out carrying out our vocation in service to Christ, doing it unto the Lord with exclusive love, and by heeding his word, then about being entrusted with true riches of God. To my mind it fit in well with the devotional I read on Saturday night which is at the bottom of this post. I hope this an encouragement to someone else too!

Robert McCurley | Greenville Presbyterian Church


"And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?
 And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail."
Luke 16:9-17


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"Ye serve the Lord Christ.”
Colossians 3:24

"To what choice order of officials was this word spoken? To kings who proudly boast a right divine? Ah, no! too often do they serve themselves or Satan, and forget the God whose sufferance permits them to wear their mimic majesty for their little hour. Speaks then the apostle to those so-called “right reverend fathers in God,” the bishops, or “the venerable the archdeacons”? No, indeed, Paul knew nothing of these mere inventions of man. Not even to pastors and teachers, or to the wealthy and esteemed among believers, was this word spoken, but to servants, and to slaves. Among the toiling multitudes, the journeymen, the day labourers, the domestic servants, the drudges of the kitchen, the apostle found, as we find still, some of the Lord’s chosen, and to them he says, “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” This saying ennobles the weary routine of earthly employments, and sheds a halo around the most humble occupations. To wash feet may be servile, but to wash his feet is royal work. To unloose the shoe-latchet is poor employ, but to unloose the great Master’s shoe is a princely privilege. The shop, the barn, the scullery, and the smithy become temples when men and women do all to the glory of God! Then “divine service” is not a thing of a few hours and a few places, but all life becomes holiness unto the Lord."

~ Charles Spurgeon

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1