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Sun, Jan 13, 2019

The Grace of Serving

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God gives us grace to be saved, grace to live, and grace to serve. To see this truth, we need to remember that grace is an active attribute of God. It expresses his powering us, giving us both the desire and the dynamic to do things his way (Phil 2:13). This is how we have grace for serving. His power is at work in us, giving us the desire and power to serve his way.
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God gives us grace to be saved, grace to live, and grace to serve. To see this truth, we need to remember that grace is an active attribute of God. It expresses his powering us, giving us both the desire and the dynamic to do things his way (Phil 2:13). This is how we have grace for serving. His power is at work in us, giving us the desire and power to serve his way. We do not pick and choose how we serve Him, we allow His word to show us what He desires in our lives.

Consider our Lord Jesus Christ. He was full of grace and truth, and he went about doing good, condescending to serve (Phil 2:5-8). His whole life was given to ministry (Matt. 20:28), and he exemplified the spirit of humble service (John 13). He had the grace of serving. What can we learn about this kind of grace? First, the grace of serving is the grace of serving practically. Romans 15:15-16 tells us that God gives grace to serve, and Paul is a living testimony to that.

The word for minister means “public servant” and “one who fulfills a function”. Paul was qualified to remind his readers of those points because he had his special position as a result of God’s grace (Rom. 1:5). This concept is not an abstraction, however. We serve our Lord by serving others, and by serving them in very practical ways. Second, the grace of serving is the grace of serving spiritually.

This is seen in Romans 12:3 (“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”) This kind of serving, “serving spiritually,” is expressed in three ways. One, serving according to spiritual guidelines (vs.1-2). Two, serving according to a sober spirit (vs 3). Three, serving according to spiritual gifts (vs 6-7). Third, the grace of serving is the grace of serving cooperatively.

This is best seen in Galatians 2: 9-21). Three concepts are given. One, the grace of serving together (vs 9). Two, the grace of serving sincerely (vs11). Three, the grace of serving effectively (vs 20). The secret of serving is found in verse 20, which speaks of being “crucified with Christ.” This is in the perfect tense that emphasizes a past event with continuing effects. Not only are we crucified with Christ, but he also lives in us.

The reality of this truth lifts the pressure of serving. It means that Christ is living in us and serving through us! This is the secret to victorious service. Fourth, the grace of serving is the grace of serving trustingly. Are you serving trustingly in his grace? Ephesians 3:2 speaks of serving as a stewardship. Grace is a sacred trust given; true service is service carried out trustingly and faithfully. Fifth, the grace of serving is the grace of serving seriously.

First Corinthians 15:9-10 is a testimony from the apostle Paul explaining why he served. He said, “By the grace of God I am what I am” (vs10). It was God’s grace flowing through him in service. He says further, “But I labored more abundantly that they all” (vs10); yet it was not he, “but the grace of God which was with him.” In conclusion, God gives us grace to serve him so that we meet the needs of others now and eternally! As the church of the living God I declare to you we are not in the church building business, we are in the eternity business. My challenge to you is to respond positively to this aspect of his grace.

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