We may be people of free will (primarily focused on self),
but we have never been independent.
We may behave “independently,” but to what end … for
The bottom line is that we are either slaves to sin (Satan)
or righteousness (God).
We choose whom we will serve. Matt.
The question is: is it from the heart?
Jesus, Our Master Servant
Jesus Came as a Servant
Although our king, Jesus came to serve. Mk.
He sought not His own, but the Father’s will … even
under the most difficult circumstance. Lk.
It was an attitude of servant-hood that He perfectly
Christians serving Christ
Made to be like Christ
Christ is not just our Savior but example of how to glorify
and magnify our God. Jn.
For this reason we are to serve like Jesus. Mk.
Serving Christ at All Times
Whether children to their parents. Eph.
Whether wives to their husbands. Eph.
Whether slaves (employees) to their masters (managers). Eph.
… from the heart
… in all situations
“not by way of eyeservice,
as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God
from the heart. With
good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing
that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back
from the Lord, whether slave or free.” Ephesians
Servant-hood … it’s from the heart
It is summed up by loving God and man. Matt.
It looks like love in action: 1
Jn. 5:1-5; 3:23
Loving/keeping the commandments of God.
This is manifest by how we love our brethren.
Pre-occupied with self, we’ll never be what God wants:
our will, however, is to do the pleasure of God – then we’ll
be conformed to the image of His Son – and bring glory to our
to God in the church by Christ Jesus
Church of Christ