On Being A Servant - From Warren Wiersbe - Taught by Pastor John Koonce

What are the Joys of Being involved in Christian Service?



1.                  The joy of pleasing the Lord, because you are doing what He wants you to do.


 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; (Eph 6:6)


Pleasing God ought to be your supreme motive for service.  If it is, you'll hear his "Well done" when you stand before him in glory (Matt 25:21).


2.                  There's also the joy of growing more like the Master as you do His will.


Every Christian ought to strive to become "conformed to the image of his Son" (Rom 8:29) and those who serve Him have wonderful opportunity to learn from Him and become more like Him.  (M Cheyne) "It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus".


3.                  Helping others come to know Jesus and live for him.  No matter what task God calls you to do, God will use the task to help someone if you do them in power of the Holy Ghost.  You may not even know about it!  But you can trust the Lord to see that nothing that is done in his will is ever wasted.  Isn't that what Jesus told Mary when she anointed Him. 


(Jn 12:1-8) -  1 ¶ Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

 2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

 3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

 4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,

 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?

 6  This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

 7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

 8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.


4.                  Joy of knowing that as you serve the Lord, nothing can happen but what the Lord ordains.


Paul wrote while waiting possible execution:


(Phil 1:12) -  But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;


Neither Paul's safety nor his comfort was the most important thing on Paul's mind.  The most important thing was that the gospel was preached in Rome and that people gave their hearts to the Lord.


5.                  The joy of the fellowship you have with others who are serving the Lord also.


Mark 10:30 – Jesus promised -  But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.


What a joy of an experience it is to fellowship with people who are praying for you and you are praying for them!


6.                  What a joy to know your service for Christ will last eternally.


1 John 2:17 - And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


Most of the people you meet day after day are either wasting their lives or merely spending their lives, but God's servants have the privilege of investing their lives in what is eternal.


Jim Elliot says "He is no fool to give what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lost."


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