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NOT ENOUGH SERVANTS!

Posted by Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles on February 28, 2010 at 8:27 AM

 

WELCOME TO PASTOR DR. CARLOTTA'S COUNSELING CENTER.

 

One of the problems within the Body of Christ today is that we do not have many servants! We have a lot of preachers, but not many servants. Read Philippians 2:19-21. Paul is saying, the only person he could send them was Timothy, because he was the only one available who would be concerned about them and not about his pocket-book.

 

Timothy had singleness of heart, so did Paul. Both, Paul and Timothy considered themselves servants. When you are a servant, God can use you because you will be faithful. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4:2 that faithfulness is required of a steward, a servant of God. There is no higher calling in life than to be a servant of God and to be faithful or single-minded.

 

But you cannot be this kind of servant until you are full of the life and nature of God, until you have the mind of Christ. Paul talks about another attribute of a servant of God in Romans chp. 1. He says we are to live a separated life, to be separated unto the Gospel of God.

 

Now some people have a funny idea of what that means. Time and time again you have heard people say something like, "I am free, I do not have to go to church. I have liberty. Jesus told me to stand fast in the liberty where with Christ made me free. I am not going to be entangled in the yoke of bondage again. Nobody is going to put bondage on me."

 

When did going to church become bondage? Paul said: "All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient" 1 Co. 6:12. Also, when some people say they are free, apparently they mean they are free to sin, to do things they do not need to be doing. They feel that this means that they are free; therefore, they are free to talk bad or that they can go to the bar and drink a few glasses of whiskey.

 

The Bible tells us that being made free from sin; we become servants of God. Our fruit comes forth unto holiness and the end is everlasting life! We have been made free, not to sin not to do our own thing, but to become a servant of God. We are not free to do anything that we might want to do.

 

Before we were recreated, we did not have a choice. Our nature caused us to sin and we were in bondage to Satan. Now we are free NOT TO SIN! This is what true freedom is. Being a servant is freedom. Read Romans 6:22.

 

Jesus had the attitude of a servant. Matthew 10:24-25 tells us that the disciple is not above his master, nor is he above his servant. People get the inflated idea that because they have been placed in a certain office in the Body of Christ, or operate in certain gifts of the Spirit, that they are something great. This is not the truth. Jesus said, "The disciple is as his master, the servant as his Lord."

 

Now that we realize that we are a servant, and that is who we are, our funstion does not matter because the function is determined by the Master. We are not viewed in relationship to our function but viewed in our relationship to our Master. What we do, and how we function does not matter. When we are viewed in relationship to God, He will cause us to function in whatever capacity He needs at that given point in time.

 

We might function primarily as a teacher in the body. We are not a teacher, we are a servant. If we get a mind-set on, "I am a teacher, I am a teacher, I am a teacher," and believe that is all we are, we have just cut our self off from God using us in any other way except as a teacher.

 

When we say we are a servant, our function becomes determined by the Master and not by ourself. God may have us function as a teacher, or as an apostle, or as a prophet. No matter how we function, we are servants. People need to understand and recognize where they primarily function, but the easiest way of doing it is by realizing their status as servants. When they begin to operate as servants, they begin to serve God in the way which He desires. Their function will not remain the same. It will constantly change.

 

In Acts 9, Paul was called as an apostle. In Acts 13, he was separate. That was not long, just fifteen years. He was called, then fifteen years later separated to the office or ministry he had been called into. In fact, after he was called of God, the first thing he did was witness. Then he served as a teacher. Then he function as a prophet.

After that, God thrust him out into what he had been called to do fifteen years before.

 

If you haven't accepted Christ as your Savior simply say in an audible voice, in all sincerity from the depths of your heart, "Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me of my sins and accept me as Your child. I accept You as my personal Savior and I promise to follow the instructions of Your Word from this day on. If I fail because I am human, please help pick me up so I can try again! Thank you, Jesus, for saving me from all my sins. AMEN."

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4 Comments

Reply Brenda Johnson
7:12 PM on February 28, 2010 
Amen and well said. We can no longer use the excuse of "I would like to be involved in my church, but I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing." Take time to observe what is happening within your church. If you see something that is being neglected, or an area where assistance is needed, make yourself available for it. From your obedience, your calling will become evident to you.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
8:13 PM on February 28, 2010 
Brenda, I couldn't of said it better myself!!!! Thank you for your comment on this Sermon, I pray that many will be blessed by it. Love you!
Reply Rhonda Raimos
11:45 PM on March 4, 2010 
Amen! May I add, we should be honored to be a servant of the Lord! He uses us in different departments of others lives to help them accomplish the things that need to be accomplish in their daily walk. Great Sermon.
Reply Pastor's Dr.'s Rob and Carlotta Boles
10:22 AM on March 5, 2010 
Thank you Rhonda for your comment! I appreciate you. Blessings!