Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Serve as Jesus Served

Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering . . .
Colossians 3:12

Recommended Reading
James 3:13-18

If you want to know exactly how to serve as Jesus served, all you have to do is look at the passage of Scripture found in Philippians 2:6-8.

There are six steps to Jesus' service to sinful mankind:
1) He made himself of no reputation
2) He took the form of a bondservant
3) He came in the likeness of man
4) He humbled himself
5) He became obedient to the point of death . . .
6) . . . even the death of the cross

Jesus understood something that we, as Christians, ought to take to heart regarding service to our Lord: When God is given all the glory and honor and we remain hidden in the background, more lives are led to Christ; and the kingdom of heaven is enriched and enlarged. The One who deserved unending recognition for what He did never even asked for a "thank you." He simply wanted people to love His Father and accept His forgiveness. Strive to serve like Jesus: with meekness, humility, and love.

In Christian service, the branches that bear the most fruit hang the lowest.

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