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The Door to Serving (9 of 9)
Series: Open Doors
INTRO: There is no doubt about God's call on our lives for service. To be a Christian brings a certain level of responsibility to serve. What is this call to service? What is it that God is asking from us? What are the expectations of servanthood?
Sometimes our focus as Christians can become misplaced while it is vitally important that we keep our eyes on Jesus there are other issues of servanthood that go along with that focus on Christ. It is not enough that we are concerned for our own salvation, God's call is twofold: that we get saved, and that we reach the lost!
ILLUS: D.L. MOODY ONCE TOLD THIS STORY ABOUT A PAINTING HE SAW THAT DEEPLY TOUCHED HIM AND IMPRESSED HIM GREATLY. IT WAS A PICTURE OF A WOMAN GRASPING AT A CROSS WITH BOTH HANDS AS SHE WAS BEING RESCUED FROM THE STORMY SEA. HE HAD HELD THIS PICTURE UP WITH GREAT ESTEEM AND IT MOVED HIS HEART UNTIL ONE DAY WHEN HE SAW A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT VERSION OF THIS PICTURE THIS SECOND PICTURE MADE THE FIRST ONE PALE IN ITS IMPACT ONCE HE LOOKED AT THE SECOND ONE IN FACT HE COULD NO LONGER HOLD IN SUCH ESTEEM THAT FIRST PICTURE ANYMORE NOW THAT HE HAD SEEN THIS OTHER ONE! THE SECOND PICTURE WAS VERY MUCH THE SAME IT WAS A WOMAN GRASPING AT THE CROSS AS SHE WAS BEING RESCUED FROM A STORMY SEA JUST LIKE THE FIRST PICTURE BUT IN THIS ONE SHE WAS GRASPING THE CROSS WITH ONLY ONE HAND WHILE HER OTHER HAD WAS GRASPING DOWN TO RESCUE SOMEONE ELSE BELOW HER! SHE COULD NOT GRASP HER OWN SALVATION AND IGNORE THOSE WHO WERE ALSO DROWNING BELOW HER THIS IS THE PICTURE OF CHRIST'S SERVANTS WE MUST NOT JUST GRASP ONTO THE CROSS WITH BOTH HANDS AND IGNORE OTHERS WHO ARE PERISHING WE MUST REACH OUT TO OTHERS TOO! - SOURCE UNKNOWN
The altar was the symbol of sacrifice it still is! In the Old Testament, the priests were called upon to minister at the altar what did this mean? Was it easy, was it convenient, was it glorious, etc.?
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