“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.”
Jesus …. Jesus …. Jesus
What a beautiful name. Are you serving Jesus Christ? Are you imitating Christ’s humility?
You say you love Him and are following Him, but would you say you live to serve Him? Would you truthfully say that you obey His Word?
Timothy was a young protégé of Paul, like a son to him. When Paul was in prison during the writing of his letter to the Philippians, his desire was to send Timothy to visit them at some point, both as an encouragement to the church and as a means of reporting back to Paul how they were getting along ….
And what better person to send, really, since as Paul said to the Philippians: “But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.” (Philippians 2:22).
Timothy modeled what a servant’s heart looks like. He didn’t know, for instance, exactly when Paul was hoping to dispatch him on this traveling errand. He didn’t know what he might be busy doing when the message came from Paul to go. But when it did, he knew he’d be ready to pick up and leave, and immediately because his own likes, wants, personal desires, and agendas weren’t going to hold him back from serving Jesus.
True servants just do. They don’t look for justifications. They don’t grumble, complain, or make excuses. They don’t see if you can wait for a more convenient, conducive time. Do you need something from them? Just ask. And consider it done …
Who doesn’t love people like that? Being a joyful follower of Christ comes from worshiping Him and walking with Him, but also from working for Him. Not just going to church every week warming a pew; not just living out the basics of the Christian life; but actually shouldering some kingdom responsibility …..
If you’re a fairly new believer or haven’t been attending your church very long, I realize it takes a little while to adjust and plug in, to find some work that feels like yours to do. But if you’ve been there for years, and you haven’t yet found a place to serve –what’s going on? Exactly what are you waiting for?
When you were looking for employment, did you just sit at home waiting for the phone to ring? No. You understood that you had to take some initiative. You followed up, made calls, you double checked … and if you haven’t — perhaps that’s why you’re still without a job, huh?
There’s plenty to be done by people who are eager to be servants of Jesus! And that includes everything from entry-level positions to other service opportunities that you can grow into as you go. No task is unworthy or less honorable in our Lord’s eyes, whether you’re preaching in the streets or making coffee in the church, or simply handing someone a bottle of water.
Jesus said, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” (Matthew 10:42)
No devoted follower of Jesus Christ should be unemployed in kingdom work. And no one who selflessly gives themselves to it will keep from finding the joy of bearing fruit ….
Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:24–25).
Joy is found in selflessness, and selflessness is evidenced in service to others. And that’s not only how you serve others. It’s how you serve Jesus ….
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
What’s holding you back from serving Christ with a ready kind of freedom? When you think about other things you’re devoted to doing, what’s the biggest payback you can expect from them? And how does that compare to serving Jesus?
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”
I ask you: what are you doing with your gift? Are simply attending church week to week, calling yourself a faithful believer, yet doing nothing. Faith without works is dead!
Are you spiritually alive with fiery enthusiasm? Do you have a fervent spirit, on fire for God? Could you imagine a church on fire for God? Where everyone arrived 15 minutes early, and no one wanted to leave?
The Word says “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:11). Spiritual fervor- — it’s contagious. It compels others to come and seek. The Word says; For Christʼ s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
But there are those who will be saying, “oh that doesn’t apply to me – my relationship with God is much deeper” … Pride goeth before a fall ….
We need to be correcting and we need to be calling out those lukewarm or spiritually dead. We need to be preaching boldly! We need to be going deeper and that implies a fire not only needed — but required. Anytime the Word is preached with boldness it is going to face resistence and opposition …..
That’s why it is vital that we have the power of the Holy Ghost. The battle is real. We need to be on fire! We need to be worshiping Jesus, exalting Jesus, serving Jesus, in all humility by serving others. Set today apart! Raise up His glory and serve Him ….
Let us pray ~
Lord, thank You for providing a way for us to experience true and lasting joy in this life. Thank You for Your Word which reveals to us the secret to finding it, and that great joy found in serving You and blessing others. Give me the courage and faith my Lord, to step out in obedience and speak boldly; to serve You well, to serve You diligently, and to make my life wholly devoted to compelling others to seek You. For I know that You will flood my heart with joy as You make serving You my lifestyle. Thank You for the honor of devoting my life to You and the work of Your kingdom. How beautiful it is to worship Your Son Jesus and praise His beautiful name. I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen ….