Saturday, December 16, 2017

March 12: Serving as a Servant

March 12_heartA“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”  (Romans 6:22)

Being a “servant” carries with it a negative impression–bondage, servitude, enslavement, burdens, etc.  By definition, that’s exactly what a servant is. But the context of today’s verse sheds a totally different light on the word “servant.” Actually, it is used in the context of a “gift.”

This verse explains four benefits of being a servant of God:

WE ARE FREE FROM SIN
WE BECOME A SERVANT OF GOD
WE ARE GIVEN FRUIT UNTO HOLINESS
WE ARE GIVEN EVERLASTING LIFE

Stop and re-read the benefits; there is an amazing reward for maintaining the heart of a servant. A true servant is freed from sin.  A true servant serves God. A true servant is given fruit unto holiness. A true servant is given everlasting life.

Every man, woman and child was created and designed to be a servant, either to sin or to righteousness.  There are no in-betweens.  There is no other way.  We either serve God or we serve sin.

The choice is ours as it was in Joshua’s day: “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve.”

Choose God and you choose LIFE.  Being a servant then becomes a benefit, a privilege, and a blessing rather than a burden.

What is your choice?

Father, You have put in me a servant’s heart which makes me glad to serve YOU. I don’t count it a burden to serve you, as I am bonded together with YOU through Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour. Amen.

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.  And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods …”  (Joshua 24:15-16)

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