Servant to All?

In a recent Sunday School class, our discussion revolved around a crazy love for God and what that looked like in our daily lives. This talk led us to contemplate our purposes. Are we called to be servants to everyone like Paul and to spend our time sharing the gospel? Am I called to do all for the sake of the Gospel as Paul suggests in 1 Corinthians?

1 Corinthians 9:22-23 “22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”

The Bible provides us with many examples to answer this question. God tells us to care for the hungry, the downtrodden, the captives and the widow and orphans. 1 Peter 2:9 shows us we are a holy people so that we may declare the God’s praises. Max Lucado also addresses our purpose in one of his devotionals called Upwards – “You may not wear a clerical collar, but you could, because your work is God’s pulpit.” So what stops us from serving God?

Max Lucado- You many not wear a clerical collar, but you could,because your work is God's pulpit. Click To Tweet

1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

I think what stops most of us from lives fully committed to Christ is fear. Some fear things like the perceived dangers of mission work in other countries. Some fear came from the feeling that they were unqualified to share the good news of Christ. But, I think many of us fear what our friends and family will think of us if we dedicate ourselves entirely to Christ. We don’t want to be “the religious nut” among our friends. The first chapter of James explains that we should consider it a “joy” to face any trails for Christ, even ridicule from our friends. Paul also encourages us today with his final words to Timothy when we finish our race, a crown of righteousness awaits us and that all our trails will be worth the reward.

I think many of us fear what our friends and family will think of us if we dedicate ourselves entirely to Christ. Click To Tweet

2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

We are called to be the hands and feet of Christ in our world despite our fears or what others might think of us so let’s begin today.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

15 thoughts on “Servant to All?

  1. Marcie Cramsey – Culpeper, Virginia – Marcie Cramsey who has been a Children's Minister/Leader for over 30 years lives in Fredericksburg, Va. Her number one passion is loving Jesus Christ. Second to that is her family. She will say that filling the roles of wife and mother is the highest honor that God has allowed her to fill. She spends her days serving others, reading, writing, and hiking and biking (when weather permits). She has been married for 30+ years to her best friend, Dan. They both have four wonderful grown children. Marcie recently published a book for parents, titled "Deep and Wide: Raising Children Deep in Jesus and Wide in Influence." This book teaches parents how to raise their children through relationship. It's been called "the most unique parenting book written." You can purchase this book at Amazon and Westbow Press.com.
    Marcie Cramsey

    I love the message of your post today! Being on staff at a church, I have met too many people who attend church and think ‘the staff’ is more qualified to be as Paul describes, “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” It’s really sad as they short change themselves in His Kingdom. I love the quote you use by Max Lucado, “You may not wear a clerical collar, but you could, because your work is God’s pulpit.” Beautifully put! 🙂 Thank you for sharing, Yvonne! 🙂

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks for your comments too. Helps us remember it is a responsibility for all of us

  2. I know for myself, the fear comes into play because I don’t fully trust that I’ll be able to accomplish what He desires of me. Which is such a lie because He will equip me for every good work! Thanks for sharing this truth today!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen and thanks for commenting

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      So true. Thanks for the comment

  3. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    We hate coming out of our comfort zones, but that’s what we need to do at times. We do his work that way. And he shapes us in the process–continuing his work. Great post. God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Nancy

  4. Edna Davidsen – Greenland – How to use Twitter? ★ Twitter Expert ★ Twitter Consulting ★ Twitter Trainer ★ Twitter Coach ★ Personal Branding ★ Social Media Marketing ★ Christian Blogger ★ Jesus Follower ★ Webdesign ★ Web-developing
    Edna Davidsen

    Dear Yvonne!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. This is an interesting topic. How do we know when we are called to share the gospel? That a question I think many of us have asked ourselves.

    I agree with you; fear is often stopping us from walking with God.

    Thank you for this reminder,

    Blessings!
    Edna Davidsen

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Edna. I think we are called to share the gospel every chance we get. Some are called to share on street corners wit strangers, which is a calling for them. But all are at least called to share with family, friends and neighbors, which is what is meant is Matthew 28:19-20

  5. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of Communications. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Quintana

    I am glad to see you encouraging us to share our faith! I used to fear sharing my faith because I’d think, “What if they ask me something that I can’t answer about my religion?” Then I found Apologetics, and now that fear is gone. Today, I welcome friendly engaging discussions about why Christianity is true, and what faith can do for a person’s well being.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      That is great. I hope more people find the way to share our faith. God bless and thanks for commenting

  6. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    As a ministry leader alongside my husband, I think one of the most difficult tasks, for me at least, was dealing with people IN the church rather than out of it. Our pastor asked me to write the Bible study material for our church and to use that material to teach the church how to study the Bible inductively. He only briefly explained his intentions to the church body.

    So, there I was, in a complementarian church, a woman completing a task that many considered to be for men only and bringing change into how we examined the Scriptures on top of that. That job was TOUGH! I had to endure some rude treatment because I was a woman. Sometimes I stepped into my pastor’s office just to have a good cry. Still, I knew I was serving the Lord in a particular way that he had equipped me. I’m glad I could serve Jesus that way in spite of it all. But yeah, it was quite scary sometimes.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Wow. Thanks for sharing your story. I pray others don’t have to experience anything like that when sharing the gospel

      1. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
        Melinda Viergever Inman

        It could only be accomplished by doing it for Jesus. I learned a lot!

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