Rev. Larry Blaikie: Be faithful in your service

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In a recent survey, teenagers were asked what their career aspirations were and 54 per cent chose celebrity.

Not so much a TV or radio celebrity, but more specifically a YouTube celebrity. The key to being a YouTube celebrity is constant self-promotion, and that seems to be the cultural norm we live in.

Being a Christ follower runs counter-culture. Being a Christ follower is about serving others, verse self-promotion.

Jesus is talking to his disciples when he states in Matthew 16:24 “Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’”

To follow Christ is anything but self-promotion. The key is to focus on the things that are important to God.

Jesus goes on and speaks to his disciples about this same topic in Matthew 23:11–12 (NLT) “11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

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Again being a Christ follower is not measured in how much we say we love Jesus or worship him, but in how much we serve him.

Some might wonder “well how do I serve Jesus?” The answer is in connecting with God and finding the heart of God and doing the things God would do.

Many times these things are not public or may not feel significant. In the Old Testament when David was young, he brought a lunch to his brothers on the battlefield. In the New Testament, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. Many times serving is just doing what needs to be done.

There is this story in Matthew Ch25 of God separating the sheep from the goats; it is an interesting story because these are not people that claim to know God versus those that deny him. These are all people who claim to know God.

Yet they are divided into two groups and one is given credit for ministering to Jesus, the other is condemned for not doing so.

Both groups seem to ask the same questions. “When did we see you?”

Jesus response in Verse 40 is interesting. Matthew 25:37–40 (NLT) 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

Jesus was more interested in how they served than in any position they held, or any amount of money they gave. Service is at the very heart of who Jesus is.

Even though he is the son of God, bread of life, prince of peace, living water, great high priest, light of the world, lamb of God, the righteous judge, living stone, true vine, king of glory, chosen one, king of all kings, Lord of all lords, alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last, our redeemer, our righteousness, our sanctification, our rock and our Lord, Jesus was a servant of all when he could have easily elevated himself to so much more.

Jesus was an amazing example of why we should strive to seek the heart of God and also be a servant to others.

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