Serving: Why Should I Serve?

” Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” -Matthew 20:28 (ESV)

Why should we serve? Listen to what Mr. Jerry Bridges says in his new book Holiness: Day by Day:

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“At the time of Christ’s death, the cross was considered an instrument of incredible horror and shame. It was considered the most wretched and degrading punishment, inflicted only on slaves and the lowliest of people. If free men were at any time subjected to crucifixion for great crimes such as treason or insurrection, the sentence could not be executed until they were put in the category of slaves by degradation and their freedom taken away by flogging.”

WOW!! This makes me even more and more in awe of what Jesus did! He was beaten, spit upon, mocked, and crucified in order to bear the weight of all of the sin that we (as Christians) have and will ever commit! Jesus is perfect and God didn’t have to send Jesus to die but, He did! HE DID and now we inherit Jesus’ righteousness and will one day live in heaven! We as Christians will see God face to face!! Think of that! What a marvelous and glorious day that will be!

So why should we serve? We should serve because when we serve we are following Christ’s example.

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking
the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by even death on a cross. Becoming obedient to the point of death.”
– Philippians 2:4-8 (ESV)

Jesus was the true servant and was obedient to His Father even when it required death! Can we not serve to follow His example and as an example to others? WE WILL NEED God’s help in order to do so! Be encouraged that God will be there along the way to help you!! He never will leave of forsake His saints!

Please come back because Bronte will be covering Serving: Even when I don’t feel like it.

Back to School: Humility

Proverbs 31:30: “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”

As I was thinking about going back to school the word “popularity” kept coming to mind. Popularity is a hard thing to fight against because it’s a form of pride that can show up no matter where we are! It can show up at school, church, and honestly, the grocery store.

My desire to be popular is really a desire for other people to like me, want to be around me and think that I’m cool. While this isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, it all too often it takes hold of me and becomes an unhealthy passion. In Proverbs 21:4 is says: “Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin.”

Another thing that’s hard for me is the desire to be pretty and this fits right in with this “popularity” topic. I want to be beautiful and usually the outward beauty becomes more desirous to me than inward beauty—The beauty that really matters. The beauty God sees. This verse is very helpful to me regarding this: Ezekiel 28:17 “Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you.”

So what does all of this have to do with school? Well, as I alluded to in the beginning pride can creep up anywhere. And as teens the place we’re at the most is school. Even I struggle with this and I do all my school at home with my family! Actually, once a week I go to a place called South Heights to take a few classes. South Heights is sort of a “buffed up” co-op, if you know what I mean. This is where I struggle with this temptation the most. A lot of kids attend this place and in a place this big you’re going to see different types of kids. I want to be a “cool” kid and I want to fit in. Again, this is not a sin in and of itself but it is when I start acting like someone I’m not.

That is what this desire does it “corrupts” people. It takes hold of them and leads them to do silly things.

How do I fight this? I need to fight my pride by being humble. This can be a hard thing to do. But do you know what? God will help us! We don’t have to do this one our own! James 4:6: “But he [God] gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” God gives grace! Isn’t that a comforting thought?

Another way to fight pride is to remember this type of popularity fades away. It can never last. Besides, I don’t want to be a popular girl anyway (in the movies they’re bratty cheerleaders J) but I do want to be a “woman who fears the Lord.” I want to be (by God’s grace) a strong Christian, I want to be able to stand up for my faith, I want to grow more in my love for the cross, I want to (Lord willing) be a wife who serves her husband and a mother who loves her children. (See Proverbs 30:10-31) Isn’t this what’s really important? Isn’t this what lasts the longest?

Most importantly we must always remember the cross. We won’t always win in our temptation over pride. God knows I fail again and again. But even when I do fail I don’t have to feel condemned because Jesus Christ paid for everything on the cross. Because he did we have forgiveness from all our sins and he promises to help us in time of need.

I want to leave you with this verse (one of my favorites): Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Saints be encouraged!