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April 30 Devotion: Three Realms of Service

THREE REALMS OF SERVICE


For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise he also that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.


I CORINTHIANS 7:22


The call to service is a three-fold mandate to serve God, one another, and the world about us. One if the blessed aspects of the call to serve is that the qualifications are attainable. God not only calls the fit, but He fits those in whom He has called. Paul even clarified it further by stating that not many wise, mighty or noble were called (cf. I CORINTHIANS 1:26). He further proclaimed that the Lord chose the foolish, weak, base, and those that were nought (cf. I CORINTHIANS 1:27-28). God’s purpose in calling the least likely to succeed was “That no flesh should glory in his presence” (Verse 29). The insignificance of the servant proclaims the glory of God and lets Him “…(give) the increase” (cf. I CORINTHIANS 3:6).


Serving God ought to be the highest goal and utmost desire of the servant of God. What a wonderful moniker to have affixed to a man’s name–servant of God. Romans One begins with the salutation, “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ…”The great apostle penned these immortal words, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God,…” The criteria for service to God is being made free from sin, and the consequences are holiness and everlasting life (cf.ROMANS 6:22). That, my friends, is a win-win for us! As servants of God, we are made free (cf. I PETER 2:16), and our success as His servants is inevitable; for our Book says, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (I THESSALONIANS 5:24).

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