Improving Our Serve
We can tell if we have a servant attitude by how we act when we’re treated like a servant! The Christian life isn’t buffet-style helping ourselves. Like Jesus, we must serve others.
Let’s review the difference between Christians with strong and weak faith. Strong believers exercise their freedom in Christ with a clear conscience. But their example can influence weak believers to sin against their own conscience. Paul insists the strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak (verse 1). They must carry the burden of weaker believers’ restraints of conscience. Sometimes they must forego what they feel free to do.
Like a pig’s urge is to wallow in the mud, we’re inclined to selfishness. We naturally want the biggest and best of everything for ourselves. But that’s not the Jesus way. We can gauge our growth in Christlikeness by our development of a servant attitude.
To be consistently self-sacrificing, we need the supernatural enabling of a God-enlightened attitude, the word of God, and the Lord’s working in us. When we’re on God’s team, we must leave pleasing and glorifying ourselves behind. To empower us, God’s word supplies endurance and encouragement (verse 4).
God cares about our neighbor’s good (verse 2). We must also. We show we love God by sacrificing our own pleasure to please our neighbor. God is building a Christian team. Our sacrifices help that process.
Christ suffered because He took the right road. He refused to take the easy road (verse 3). Doing God’s won’t always bring a pat on the back. Sometimes it brings kicks lower on the anatomy. So, will we seek the easy road, or will we do God’s will despite opposition? Our sacrifices for the weak are nothing compared to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for us.
The Christian life is a marathon. We need encouragement and endurance to finish the race. The Scriptures provide it. They were written to teach us. We must master them. They must master us. The end result is strong assurance that we’re on the right road, and better things are ahead.
When kindergarten children each make their letters like their teacher does, they all make them alike. As we individually imitate Jesus, we experience harmony with one another. Togetherness enables us to worship in unison the Father whom Jesus glorified on earth.
We must fellowship with those Christ has received. He’s our example (verse 7). He accepts both Jewish and Gentile believers. God’s family has no second-class members. We dare not reject those whom Christ receives. Through trust in Christ, we all experience God’s powerful hope despite our soiled past. Joy and peace gush from that hope.
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