Monthly Archives: December 2015
By: Tim Sader
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 3:3)
Last week we talked about the tweleve days of Christmas not being a song of nonsense but about Jesus and biblical truths because that is why we celebrate. As the year ends I have been reflecting on my life and how drastically different it is from just last Christmas. I went from engaged to married, old house not sold to living in a new house that I own and making a move two hundred miles away. This year has been filled with a lot of stress but in the midst of it is the best moments of my life. My wife and I have been writing apps (memories) on the tablet of our hearts and look forward to writing many more in years to come. What apps we put on our tablet of heart is up to us and things can be erased, changed or updated over time. For many of us there is a spouse app on our tablet, an app for each of our friends, a work, education, money and entertainment app. Some of us write apps for children, pets, hobbies, culture and various other reasons we might need an app for. Work apps maybe erased when we lose a job, some of our childhood memory apps fade over time. Relationships apps maybe changed as people come and go in life, some apps are downgraded and some get upgrades. We are all born with corrupted apps already in our tablet of heart; we all have the tendency to be evil, wicked and sinful. Sometimes we write apps that are sinful such as fornication, chemical addictions to drugs, tobacco or alcohol, hate, envy, strife, bad language and pride to name a few. But when we meet Jesus and let Him into our heart He puts a block on those corrupt apps and we receive an upgrade from heaven.
The Lord knows that humans have the inclination for evil from childhood since we are born into sin (Genesis 8:21). Our tablet of heart has corrupted apps from the start. It’s from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly (Mark 7:21-22). From heaven the Lord takes action and forgives dealing accordingly to what we do; only He knows what is in our heart (1 Kings 8:39). He can see if we are spending our days wasting away on apps that put no good thing inside us. He has set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end (Ecclesiastes 3:11). God also has put apps in our tablet of heart that make us who we are and gives us the sense we are part of a larger plan. Not everyone believes that God put these apps in our tablet but they wouldn’t be there if He hadn’t. If our tablet acknowledges the Lord by not forgetting His teachings and keeping His commands He will prolong our life, bringing us peace and prosperity. If we will not let love and faithfulness apps leave us and will keep these on our tablet of heart we will find favor and a good name in the sight of God and man (Proverbs 3:1-4). We must store up and keep His commands inside of us. If we keep them we shall live; we should guard them like a fine treasure. Like a band around our finger God apps should be written on our tablet of heart (Proverbs 7:1-3). We can pass these apps to others when we minister to them; they are our letter from the Lord written on their hearts tablet by the living God, the fruit of our ministry (2 Corinthians 3:3). The Lord made a covenant with us when we accepted the Jesus app into our heart; He put the Law in us, fulfilled in Christ and through the Spirit it will be written in our mind (Hebrews 10:16). We must walk in the apps of love and faithfulness first to God then to man; they must be written on our tablet of heart.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16
By: Tim Sader
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
The bible instructs us to serve others and to serve the Lord. When we serve the Lord we must do it with all that we are spirit, soul and body. We are to love Him, fear Him and walk in all His ways that are righteous and lead to blessings (Deuteronomy 10:12). Serving the Lord is a conscious choice we have been given for our household and us (Joshua 24:15). When we make this choice we are doing as the Lord asks and will reap the rewards for doing so. When we serve God we are to put our all into it, we must be zealous and have an intense willingness to serve our creator in every way we can (Romans 12:11). He made each of us and gave us the choice to serve him or not, it’s just a simple choice. When we make that choice to serve him, whatever we do we should do it as we would if Christ was the one asking us to (Colossians 3:23-24). When we serve others we serve Him. Because of Jerusalem being humbled the Lord decides not to destroy them by the hand of their enemy. He does teach them that serving the Lord is better then serving foreign kings by making them his subjects (2 Chronicles 12:7-8). Even in captivity God instructs them to serve their enemies instead of fearing them. Gedaliah reassures his men that it will be well with them (Jeremiah 40:9). Even the worst job in the world goes better when we choice to humble ourselves, grin and bear it.
A great example of being humble and serving can be found when Abigail became David’s wife. She humbled herself and went far beyond her duties by not only caring for her master but being sure to even wash the feet of his servants (1 Samuel 25:41). She truly had a gift to serve others. Serving is a spiritual gift and by serving this gift is fulfilled in the one who’s being the humble servant. As you know there are many spiritual gifts and all gifts are to be used to serve others. When you learn to us the various gifts God has given you to serve you are using it how it was meant to be used (1 Peter 4:10). We are called to be shepherds by serving others not because of selfish gain or out of obligation but because we love the Lord and by serving we set an example to those the Lord has given us to minister to (1 Peter 5:2-3). When we serve and minister to our flock we must do it wholeheartedly like we are serving the Lord Himself. Ultimately he will be the one to reward us for the good we’ve done despite our circumstances (Ephesians 6:7-8). When Christ was crucified He was at His weakest but the power of God made him alive again and made it possible for Him to live inside us all. That same power Christ had and his desire to serve is also in us so we should live to serve others (2 Corinthians 13:4). Today’s scripture sometimes to be first we must be humble enough to be last. I remember a story of a man whose cripple adult son wanted to be in a triathlon so his father trained and with some modifications he carried, pushed and pulled his son through the race. Winning was never the issue it didn’t matter if they finished last as long as they finished. To everyone’s surprise they did not finish last but got first place though it seemed impossible. By serving this father fulfilled his sons dream. To be the greatest we must be willing to serve others and to be slaves to making their life better. When they get to where God wants them because of your kindness then you finish in a better place (Matthew 20:26-28). Christ is our example He did not come to be served He came to serve by giving His life so we can all win the prize. Our mission is to serve and help others finish first and win that prize with us.
We must be careful and listen to that spirit inside of us if we hear new or strange doctrine that is contrary to the word of God in the bible. People will deceive some by making lip service like they’re serving God but only for their own gain they will trick the naïve (Romans 16:17-18). If we’re slaves or obligated to do something such as a job we should give full respect by doing it as if we were doing it for the Lord. If we are serving a fellow believer we should even serve them better because they also believe and will benefit with us (1 Timothy 6:1-2). We need to always be ready to serve both believers and non-believers alike. We are called to serve by being servants and serving everyone in whatever way the Lord may lead us to. Last week we learned that by serving and doing the Lords will that we will receive his blessings. To serve we must always be humble and ready to help our fellow man by using our gifts to reach out to them. When we serve we must remember we are serving as we would serve God himself. Showing his love to others is the true heart of the servant and we must always serve full-heartedly and for Gods glory. As did those in these places we must turn from what we know is wrong and choose to serve the one and only living God. By choosing to follow Him we are choosing to be rescued on the day of wrath and the Lords final judgment (1 Thessalonians 1:8-10). Christ gave His life because we are not destine for wrath so be a shepherd, grow your flock and serve your sheep so none will perish.