Series: Other Speakers
Sunday am 15 November 2009 – Hazel Swart
Phil. 2:1-23; (John 5:19); (Luke 1:38); 2Tim. 2:20-21; Ps. 51:10-12; John 3: 16;
John 15:13-17; Matt. 22:37-39
Why would Jesus have come down to earth, leaving the place of deity, of unity knowing that He was going to be rejected? Why would He take on the form of a bondservant? His master was His own Father. It is not a position we want to be in, being the lowest form of existence. We are all called to be servants of The Most High. A servant surrenders all and does not have his own life. Jesus emptied Himself, taking on the form of a bondservant. The servant empties himself of his desires, his dreams and of whatever he thought he wanted to do. “I surrender all to Your service, oh Lord”. Jesus came and patterned it for us and said, “This is the way.” We become slaves to His will; we become vessels that He can fill. All God is looking for are vessels.
We do not have the right to look at each other and say, “What kind of a vessel are you?” That’s not serving, that is religion. God has given us all gifts and has put them in us so that we can glorify Him, but we judge one another, we look at the vessels. David was a man after God’s own heart, he was the sweetest psalmist, but he had blood on his hands. David knew how to repent and come before God when he had done something wrong. God does not choose perfect vessels, He chooses the imperfect. The gifts we have come from God in the first place and the honour goes to Him. Look out for each other because we are all imperfect vessels. Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose (Phil 2:2).
Let us not fight and devour one another, let us not be rebellious. Serving is first of all an attitude of heart, it does not matter whether you do the big or small thing, and it is an attitude before God. The heart of God is a heart of love. The reason He came down and died on a cross is because He loved us. I am not sure that we love one another. Check your heart, for often we want to chop out pieces of each other’s lives because we think that that piece does not fit. We meddle and try to advise and council someone until he/she doesn’t know what is happening in his/her life anymore. Speak the truth in love. People would rather respond to that. Do we change in love or do we change in confrontation? We need to work skilfully with one another.
Can we see each other as Christ sees us? YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. (Mat 22:39) Whatever gift God has given you, use it with excellence. There is a big difference between excellence and perfection. Perfectionism will hold you back from breaking through into the greatest life that God can give you. Let us be careful how we talk about our brother or our sister, be careful how we work with the vessel for God deals with us gently. This is a house of healing. Be quick to forgive each other; don’t hold grudges against each other. Get rid of it, confess, and go to God. Spend time with the Lord, worship Him. Worship is serving, laying yourself down. There is nothing more important than His will in our lives. This is a reality check for us. Are the things we were doing that we thought were good what God asked us to do? What is God saying to us as a Body? We all want to hear the voice of God, and we all can if we make the time, sit at His feet.
Let us spread the gospel of love. Jesus came to save. Don’t make serving a swearword; make it a revelation in your own heart. The most important thing that we can do is to spend time with God.