SERVANTS OF CHRIST
Jesse M. Hendley
Friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to Matthew
4:11. Our subject today is "The Service of the Lord." This
is one of the most important studies that we can make in
our lives because if we miss what God's will is for us,
then we have lost our lives, not our salvation. We're saved
by grace through faith. But the Lord wants us to serve. We
are saved to walk with Him first and then to serve. The
reason we are left in this world is to be a servant.
I was talking to a pastor of a church about coming and
helping him ordain a deacon. I took the word deacon and
studied it. The word deacon, you can tell from the sound in
Greek diakonos, comes from the word, which means to serve.
It means a servant who waits on a table. If you'll get this
picture wherever you find the word minister in your New
Testament, most of the time it is from this root word from
which we get deacon because a deacon is a servant. It is
used of a pastor, a preacher, and individual Christians. It
is used in our relationship to God, to our fellow
Christians, and to lost people who are around about us. The
meaning is to serve people, not that they should wait on
us, but that we should wait on them. Christianity is not
what can I get out of you, but what can I do for you? God
wants our hearts first and then we serve Him out of love.
This idea of service is found all the way through the New
Let's look at these Scriptures. As I put them together they
were a blessing to my heart and they will be a blessing to
you. They are a challenge because it won't be long until we
see the Lord. We are left in this world after we are saved
to serve God and others.
In Matthew, chapter 4, we have the three temptations of
Jesus by Satan in the wilderness. We read in Matthew 4:8-
10, "Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high
mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the wo ...
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