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THE LOVING SERVANT OF GOD
August 22, 1999
INTRODUCTION: "Making the World Green" -- What is
the chief result of a disciple's life? The very same result
that characterized the life of Christ -- He made things live.
The Nile is called the "breadbasket" of Egypt because it
changes barren deadness into living greenness. God
sends us disciples into a spiritually arid waste and
expects us to leave it fertile and green. Ezekiel's river of
blessing began at the altar and traveled down through
brown deadness, but what a result! Everywhere the river
went, everything lived (Ezekiel 47:9).
Greenness is the test of a disciple. Is my path strewn
with people whom I have touched into life? Worldly men
can coerce others into conformity, but the man of God
can ignite them into spontaneous, living obedience. But
only -- how important -- if the disciple himself is in direct
touch with Him who is life.
Lord, my purpose in life is to make the "land live," but
only as You, the Prince of life, live out Your life in me!
Thank You for that heartening promise, "I will put My
Spirit within you, and you will come to life" (Ezekiel
37:14). Then, Lord, make the land around me live also.
Epaphroditus traveled about 800 miles on a trip that took
not less than 6 weeks by ancient means of travel. He
made this journey, this mission of compassion, in order to
bless the life of the Apostle Paul. The name
Epaphroditus originally meant "goddess of love," but later
came to mean "lovely" or "loving." In Phil. 4:18 the
scriptures teach that he was sent from Philippi with a
generous gift from the church for Paul's ministry.
The Bible gives us some sure signs of the "loving Servant
I Jn 3:14, "We know that we have passed from death to
life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love
his brother abides in death."
John 13:35, "By this all will know that you are My
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