Heb 6:1 KJV- Therefore leaving the
principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection;
(in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character)
So, as I was reading and praying from the “Our Father” outline, something
jumped off of the page and into my spirit of what it means to be Christ
like, to have the
of Christ functioning in us.
was right there in the very first lines of the very first column. It was
the definition of the very name of GOD as revealed to Moses. “Whatever
you need me to be that is what I am or what I will be.”
This has been my
realization of the return gift that I could give to the LORD for this
great free gift of salvation in which He absolutely and totally saved
me. My statement to the LORD has always been,
can I give to you for saving me, that has any value, other then my life.
You gave Your Son’s life for me and so it is only right that I give my
life for you.”
greater the sinner leads to the greater the forgiveness which leads to
the greater the love which culminates in the greater the devotion and
Luk 7:47 KJV-
Her sins, which are
many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven,
you need me to be that is what I am or what I will be.”
Now you may feel
that this attitude is a bit dramatic and unattainable, but this is not
what the scripture says.
came to serve, not to be served. He
the greatest among us is those who serve.
He came as an example of how we are to think, speak, act and live as
citizens of His kingdom. So, as the
Lord told Moses that He would meet our needs, it is only right that we
have the same attitude towards HIM.
We love him, because he first loved us.
Luk 22:25-30 KJV-BRG
And he said unto them,
The kings of the Gentiles
exercise lordship over them;
but he that is greatest among you, let him
as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth
greater, he that sitteth at
meat, or he that serveth?
not he that sitteth at
I am among you as he that serveth.
Ye are they which have
continued with me in my temptations.
And I appoint unto you a
kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
That ye may eat
and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve
tribes of Israel.
Mat 23:1-3 KJV-BRG
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to
The scribes and the Pharisees
sit in Moses' seat:
All therefore whatsoever they bid you
observe and do;
but do not ye
after their works:
they say, and do not.
Mat 23:8-11 KJV-BRG
But be not ye called
Rabbi: for one is your Master,
Christ; and all ye are
And call no
your father upon the earth: for
one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Neither be ye called
masters: for one is your Master,
that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Attendant or waiter
does that mean? Ministering to others even when it is uncomfortable and
against your nature. Regardless of who sits at your table, you are
required to wait on him with the same service as you would someone that
you like. So, for us as Christians, we too are to conduct ourselves as
servants for Christ.
all people the way that you want to be treated.
went to wedding Friday night in Utica
and there was this guy there that I couldn’t figure out. He appeared to
be full of himself, he dressed like a “gansta,” with weird bowling-style
shiny vinyl shoes, sporting a modern regular guy button down shirt,
shaved head, who had rap video sexually
suggestive male stripper-like motions, who was checking
Suzy out,(who btw was sizzling in her appearance), but yet, he smiled,
was quiet, and seemed non-aggressive. The last thing that I would think
of doing or would want to do was to witness to him. To me, he seemed
like a waste of my time. Anyway, there was no unction to speak with this
guy. Who knows? He may already be saved. It was hard to not pass
judgment on him and easy to avoid him, just based upon his presentation.
there was a pressing to get in his face, I’d be the Lord’s servant and
that day we visited a previous landlord whom we really have been
thankful for from 30 years ago. He just called Sue to potentially sell
his home and then move into a retirement place. He remembered me sealing
his driveway for him without his knowing or at any cost to him. I didn’t
even remember do it at first. And btw, I wasn’t much of a Christian in
those days. I was still in His majesty’s secret service then, but doing
good to others must have been in me. We went to his home to try to help
him to make a wise decision regarding his future. We thought that he had
a son, but he stated that he didn’t and that he was alone. So, upon
hearing that, I offered to help him with anything that he needed for the
rest of his days here on the earth. Now, I didn’t pray and ask the LORD
if I should do this or not. I know what the bible says about doing good
to others and there was no objection in my spirit, so I spoke. He
graciously accepted my offer. I then told him that I will take no money
for anything that I would do for him, because I wanted to help him as a
friend and that I wasn’t after his money as the devil would later
suggest to him.
He then said something to me that took
me by surprise. “What if I am a millionaire?” I told him that I hope
that he is a multi-millionaire. Now, what if when this man dies, he
leaves a portion of his labors and diligence to us just because I sealed
his driveway for him free of charge?
more that we submit ourselves to serving others as we feel in our
spirits, not our hearts or minds, as ministers, the
more we will have to share with others and
enjoy for ourselves.
Luk 6:31-38 KJV-BRG
And as ye would that
men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
For if ye love them
which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that
And if ye do good to
them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even
And if ye lend
of whom ye hope to receive,
what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much
But love ye
your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again;
and your reward shall be great, and ye
shall be the children of the Highest:
for he is kind unto the unthankful and
Be ye therefore
merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Judge not, and ye shall not be judged:
condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be
Give, and it shall
be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and
running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure
that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Joh 13:12-17 KJV-BRG
So after he had washed their feet, and had
taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them,
Know ye what I have done to
Ye call me Master and Lord: and
ye say well; for so
If I then,
Lord and Master, have washed
your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
For I have given you an
example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater
than he that sent him.
If ye know these things,
happy are ye
if ye do them.
message is just my sermon notes that I had prepared for Sunday. As I almost
never stick to my notes, but am led of the Spirit to speak as He directs,
you really should get the mp3 to accompany this outline. The actual spoken
messages are much better than these notes. To get the mp3 you will have to
e-mail me letting me know! Pastor Tom