SCRIPTURE STUDY: 1 Peter 5:1-4
After my devotional reading this morning in 1 Peter 5, I wanted to take a specific passage and apply it to a larger theme of SERVANT-HOOD answering the question that many of us deal with: “How can I help my Church?”
What do you call a chicken crossing the road?
Poultry in motion.
What do you call a boomerang that doesn’t work?
Where do you find a dog with no legs?
Right where you left him.
What do call cheese that isn’t yours?
What do you call a Christian who isn’t serving?
You and I have been redeemed for a reason…
Another way to say it is, we’ve been SAVED to SERVE… we’ve been mobilized for ministry? That’s why when we are NOT serving in some way, in and through the church, it’s a contradiction. Because to be a follower of Christ means you are a servant of Christ Jesus.
As we go through this passage of Scripture, I want to apply the words of Peter to a larger theme of SERVANT-HOOD and answer the questions.
Help Your Church By Serving “willingly” (verse 2 a.)
- “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers-not because you must, but because you are willing…”
I’m not a Bible teacher or a Christian Blogger because that’s what I chose to do.
I could have chosen to do many other things in furthering the cause of Christ. But God CHOSE me to teach and write. Since I know that this is my calling, then I SERVE willingly.
I’m not fighting to surrender; I’m freely and willingly serving.
So many Christians today are useful in their churches to advance the gospel but they are not willing, they refuse. That has always confused me over the years. Some may feel unworthy and inadequate; some feel that it will cost them too much.nnSome may feel like it will require too much sacrifice. On and on the list could go, but the Scripture is clear. If we have been CALLED to serve, or if we have talents and abilities to serve, then we must not reject His call!
The Scripture says, “but because you are willing, as God wants you to be” (NIV)
It’s God’s desire to surrender your life to Him – Your talents and your abilities to be used by Him in His service. You surrender willingly, not because you are forced.
Help Your Church By Serving Eagerly – (vs. 2) “but eager to serve”
DEFINITION: ea – ger : An adjective.
synonyms: enthusiastic, fervent, zealous, passionate, motivated, wholehearted, dedicated.
I love to watch someone who is fairly new to the church, and they’re a fairly new believer, and the first opportunity they can do something in the church for the Lord, you can see the eagerness they have. They get to the church doors early and they stay late to help clean up. They are EAGER to serve. They can’t wait to get after it.
Losing the Eagerness –
How in the world do we get to the place in our Christian lives, where we lose that eagerness to serve?
There’s also a flip side of the person that is eager when that person who does some type of service because no one else will take it!
Usually, the ACT OF SERVICE is done without any heartfelt sense of service to God, because quite frankly. we didn’t feel called to do it – “I know it needs to be done, but no one else sees the need, so I guess I’ll have to do it again!”
The Scripture says that ALL of us, not 20 percent of the people doing 100 percent of the work, but ALL of us be eager to serve. Not because I’m obligated to do it, or any other matter for that reason, but because I want to have an impact in the kingdom for eternity – “but be eager to serve.”
Helping Your Church By Serving As An Example For Others – (verse 3)
“being examples (patterns and models of Christians living) to the flock (the congregation)” [AMP]
This is what can really hurt the church body of believers. When we SERVE as an example, not preaching and teaching one thing, then doing another.
If “Mel” is going to be an example, then my walk will match my talk, and my talk will match my walk,
Titus 2:7 (NLT)
If I’m going to be an EXAMPLE for others, then I need to truly be a person of INTEGRITY.
Integrity means that you are the same person when no one else is looking. In other words, if I claim to be a “good Christian” on Sundays to everyone at church, but when I get home, I view pornography, I drink till I can’t stand up. that’s not a person of integrity, that’s a true genuine hypocrite.
With us as genuine believers, the person we are on Sundays needs to be the same person the rest of the week. If I’m going to help the church, then I need to SERVE as an example for others.
Helping Your Church Will Ensure A Heavenly Reward – (verse 4)
 And [then] when the Chief Shepherd is revealed, you will win the conqueror’s crown of glory. [AMP]
This is why we do what we do, this is why we stay up late getting ready for acts of service, whether it’s a special event, studying for a Sunday school lesson, or going over a song, or praying with someone who is hurting. This is why we do all those things. For the approval of Jesus!
Every single one of us, when we meet Jesus one day, will want Him to say, “Well done good and faithful servant, you have done everything I equipped you to do. You used every talent I give, every ability I allow you to have or learn, every opportunity I set before you to SERVE…you took it. WELL DONE!!”
The Apostle Paul reminds each one of us in Ephesians 6:8…
A Story of An Old Potato Farmer –
After lightning struck on an old shed, a farmer was relieved because now he didn’t have to tear it down.
The rains came and cleaned off his car, and that saved him from having to wash it.
When asked what he was doing now, he replied, “I’m waiting for an earthquake to shake the potatoes out of the ground.”
If we are going to have a SERVANT’S HEART, we can’t just wait for something to happen. Jesus said we’re blessed when we do something.
I’ve found in my own life over the years of service FOUR ACTIONS…steps that you might apply to your own life:
- SERVE whenever you can.
- SERVE wherever you can.
- SERVE whoever is in need.
- BE WILLING to do whatever it takes.
Let’s live our lives as obedient and humble servants. Don’t be a contradiction!!
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Bible Translations: New International Version (NIV); Amplified Bible (AMP); New Living Translation (NLT); Ling James Version (KJV).