by Johnny Hunt

Joy in Serving
Johnny Hunt
Micah 6:8 and Luke 4:16-20

INTRODUCTION: No leader, spiritual or secular, has ever accepted and announced such a detailed and demanding task. Every expectation is made public so that the Servant can be held accountable for His performance in every area of His ministry. One of the tests of Jesus' integrity is to ask, ''Did He do what He said He would do and achieve what He set out to achieve?'' All of the evidence of the Gospels supports the accountability report that He gave to His Father in John 17:4.

''I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.''

The effectiveness of Jesus' ministry is a model for all leaders. We know that Jesus found joy in His ministry despite conflict, disappointment, and suffering. In John 17:13, He asked the Father that His disciples might have, ''My joy fulfilled in themselves.''

''But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.''

Jesus prayed that He would communicate the joy He found in His work to His disciples so that they, in turn, might communicate it to others.

1 Peter 5:7, ''casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.''

If what concerns us, concerns Him, then what concerns Him, should concern us.

1. Preach the gospel to the poor

2. To heal the brokenhearted

3. To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery
of sight to the blind

4. To set at liberty those who are oppressed

5. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord

Micah 6:1-7 announces a controversy between God and Israel. Based upon the erratic behavior of Israel, God inquires of Israel concerning any unfaithfulness on God's part in v.3, the question is rhetorical. The answer is that God has been abundantly faithful to Israel, while Israel has been unfaithful.

In v.6, the question is not whether God wants the sacrifice, which He Himself instituted, but whether He is satisfied with s ...

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