Sunday, February 16, 2014

His Servant

HIS SERVANT

How wonderful it is for brethren to live together in worship unto the Lord. As we walk in His footprints, we have the peace of God in our hearts to share amongst ourselves. We can uplift and encourage each other, while we're holding hands. We also must please God and become servants of all.

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. 
Colossians 4: 15-17.



I wander through life as a follower of Him
Who calmed the waters from my storms within
And as I walk at the beach of life's sea
I see footprints in the sand, leading me

They bring me to places which make me aware
Of my own soul's condition, my desires and fare
He reveals my own ambition, as where I stand
And gently leads me back by His holy hand

I've missed His footprints from time to time
Doing my own thing, as I followed a crooked line
Assuming that it would be alright for now
Just to find myself off track, with sweat on my brow

I've learned by following Jesus in His steps
Living according to His word and precepts
That we will be indeed a useful tool
Called wise by God, but by the world a fool

To be the greatest in the Kingdom of our Lord
One has to be humble, according to God's word
Not considering one's own comfort and care
But be servant of all, with whom Jesus we share

When we'll think nothing of ourselves, while we serve
Following in His footprints, with great nerve
Allowing His Spirit to take full control in our life
We'll see fruits for our labor, through souls that survive

Now let us reach out as true servants of God
Encouraging each other on the path we've trod
Walking together, while for souls we'll fight
Will glorify the Father and make our bonds tight

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Poem © Dr. Trudy Veerman

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?" Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said ," Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:1-4.

As servants in the work of the Lord we have to recognize that the people we serve may not be at the same spiritual level as we are. They need help, instruction, direction, guidance, admonishing and encouragement. That is why the Lord appointed us as teachers, preachers, evangelists, prophets or apostles, to lead them in the wisdom of the Lord to higher ground; the place where the Lord wants them. Let us be worthy of His calling. We are standing by His grace only.

And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13.

This does not mean that we are more than others, but rather servants of ALL. We need to allow the Fruit of the Holy Spirit to develop in our life as to be an effective tool in the hands of the Lord.
Let love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, become our part. Galatians 5:22,23

But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23: 11,12.

People around us are in need of our assistance and we have to be ready and willing to reach out unselfishly. Always remembering where the Lord has taken us from. We must be bold and move forwards in the authority of Christ, without exalting ourselves.

As servants of God we need to take our stand and preach the unadulterated word of God in all boldness. We need to be "God" pleasers and not pleasers of man. We need to help them that are entrusted to us and cut away the rotten spots before the whole thing starts to stink, and bandage it with the truth and love of God.

This cutting away may seem "harsh", but really it is the LOVE of God which is trying to save a remnant from total destruction. We, the servants of God, need to be humble and not to hit the staff on the rock as Moses did in anger against God's people.

It is our unselfishness and at the same time humbleness, which drives us on through the Holy Spirit to reach out, to stand by, to hold up, to carry on, to move forwards at any cost. It is when we have learned to become a "zero" and allowing Him to be a "ten" when souls in distress are helped and pulled out of the fire of deception. Therefore, we must allow His power to be channeled through us.

The Lord has equipped some of us with this great task, as many others couldn't take the weight of that cross of self-denial. Many are pleasers of the ego while seeking earthly profit by making disciples to their own institutions.

They that are "called" are the ones which will become a mighty army, for they allow God to be mighty within them. It is because of Him in us and through us that we will experience a wonderful move in the souls and lives of others. And it is He, through us, Who will bring His word of holiness and of Holy Spirit fire. He will clean up the mess that has been left behind by a misleading "gospel" of pleasing the ego of so many, while others are after its gain.

Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4.

Let us dedicate our life afresh to our Master and give Him the reins of our heart, so He can create in us that which is desirable and useful for the extension of His Kingdom, and for the support and encouragement of His children and children to be.

Remember the word that I said to you, "A servant is not greater than his master." If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. John 15:20.

May the Lord add His blessing to the reading of His word. May we, as His followers, be open to the move of the Holy Spirit and be willing to walk where He leads us.
May we be renewed in our thinking, strengthened in our faith and stay focused on Him, the Finisher of our faith. Let us count ourselves blessed of the Lord and make effort to accomplish that which He has called us to do.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are My friends, if you do whatever I command you.
John 15: 13,14.

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