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11/17/2014

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Service Equals Character


"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness..." (Phil.2:3-7).

The apostle Paul makes it crystal clear that servants are to be men and women of the highest character and integrity, with purity, knowledge, kindness, and patience as their primary traits. As we see in today's passage, Jesus did just that. Though being equal with God, He allowed Himself to be made in the likeness of man. But not simply man, but taking the very nature of a servant... A servant must be humble. A servant must not just consider his or her own interests, but the interests of others as well. They must be willing to travel the whole journey without taking shortcuts. I believe that this is the way that we are truly able to have the mind of Christ. "Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men..." (Eph.6:7). Servants are to serve others just as they would serve Christ Himself. Their service must not be of the nature of trying to please men, but they are to render their service as to the Lord... "because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does..." (Eph.6:8). It is comforting to realize that there will be a reward for faithful service. I could write much more about our responsibility to be servants of Christ, but I will move on to a second responsibility. We will look at stewardship tomorrow... For today, lets all serve well...

Have a great start to your week. Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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