Pt. 4 Serving the Lord with . . .

serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; Acts 20:19 - ESV

Meditation

We are at our last part of the Servanthood series and we finish with the attitude of the heart. When we serve it's easy to become prideful in our work, to become callous in our compassion caught up in the work, or even to not learn to serve when things are tough.

Paul had three years of ministry with this particular church and what he ended up saying was here's how to serve the Lord for the good of the church. To be humble, to have tears by getting involved in people's struggles for faith and hope and truth and holiness, and to serve in the good times and the bad times.


Application

HUMILITY: Yield to the Lord in all your ways. Be willing clay in the Potter's hands. And be a debtor to all people. Don't dwell on what people owe you. Think about how the grace of God makes you a debtor to all.

TEARS: If you are discipling someone, be comforted. And if you are not, perhaps you should look for someone who needs you.

TRIALS: If you are being tried, then hear the word of James:

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 - ESV

Prayer

Lord, you have been faithful in all your ways. You have taught us a lot about serving. Let us serve with a humble and contrite heart considering others as superior than ourselves. Help us to see the need of others and as we encourage others and disciple them that we would have the kind of compassion that Paul had to cry for them. And give us the strength to continue serving you in the midst of our trials. In Jesus' Name. Amen.


Key Thought

Serve like it was you last opportunity to serve.

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