Seek out to Serve

 

“I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:15-16 NASB)

Question: you would think that with God on our side there is nothing stopping us from taking over the world for Jesus, or is there? Carefully consider this question. 

Here’s my slant on it, if you are having a down-day there are the easiest things to put you back on track. Think of Christian music. It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, driving away the blues. Nothing beats a sing-song eh? Hang on a tick, it’s like we don’t have to listen to what the world listens to anymore, because its tunes are tasteless and tacky, right? We can just drown out the drone. It doesn’t just stop at music. You don’t have to go too far to find Christian key rings, DVDs, fridge magnets, place mats and even socks! It’s as if we have created a self-sufficient world. Yikes. 

The sad thing is the world can’t compete with the Christian culture we have created. We don’t even need to rub shoulders with the world anymore; you can hide out in a Christian corner all day. There’s Christian schools, book-shops, cafes, and youth groups. We are cornering ourselves off. 

Turn with me to Luke 19, it tells a tale of Zaccheus, a midget of a man, who God-fearing folks steered well clear off because he was a greedy-guts and a money-grabbing tax-collector. The story goes like so, Jesus was passing through the city of Jericho when masses flooded and flocked to see Him. Seeing that Zaccheus was lacking in height, to say the least, he ran on ahead of the crowd and scrambled up a sycamore tree. Now here’s where the pious people were shaken to their senses, Jesus made time for the man they shunned and scorned. 

Luke 19:5 (NKJV) puts it this way. When Jesus was walking by He looked up and saw Zacchaeus sitting in the treetops and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” I’m sure they didn’t see that one coming. With that they grumbled “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner” ” (Luke 19:7 NKJV). We’ve all been there and done that. Admit it. We’ve been slagging when we have absolutely no right to. There’s only one person on this planet who has a right to judge, and that’s Jesus. And guess what, He doesn’t frown down upon them. He looks them straight in the eye and whispers those three little words. I hope He’s taught you a lesson today. 

Recently I’ve woken up and realised that Jesus had a pretty good point when He said “the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10 NKJV). Seek out to serve, that’s what we’re called to do. Seek and serve. If you missed that one there it is again in the book of Mark, “those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17 NKJV). Let’s face it; they need us, because they need Jesus. 

So here’s what we’ve learned today. We’re so equipped to go and conquer the world for Jesus, but there’s one thing stopping us. We’re trapped in a bubble. We can’t get out, and the world can’t get in. Luke 9:3 (MSG) sums it up in a nutshell, “Don’t load yourselves up with equipment. Keep it simple; you are the equipment.” 

Point to ponder?
Are you seeking out ways in which to serve?  Stop serving yourself, get out there- GO! Remember the Great Commission; turn to it- Matthew 28:19-20.

Prayer: 

Burst this bubble! Jesus I want to be free to follow You into my mission field… 

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