A church had an evangelistic service and the visitors who came were overwhelming its members in numbers. For so long, members had been inward looking – caring for themselves only Then a new pastor came and charged them to evangelize. and to invite their pre-believing friends to a special evangelistic service.
Lunch followed the service. Many members forgot about the pre-evangelistic meeting reminders by Pastor – to be hospitable to the visitors. As was usual custom, they got themselves to the head of the lunch queue for the delicious buffet lunch . With their first servings, they sat at their chosen tables, with other familiar friends, and had a roaring good time.
The visitors were left at the back of the queue and after they served themselves, they felt lost, as the ones who brought them were huddled with their familiar friends. The visitors entertained themselves and went home very quickly after that. Perhaps these visitors would never darken another church entrance again. The selfish, immature Christians satisfied themselves but sabotaged all the pre-evangelistic efforts of visitor motivation, witness, invitation and attendance. They forgot service – hospitality and a welcome fit for a potential prince or princess. The Lord forgave and give a second chance.
Are you number one at church?
Do you huddle with only your favorites and familiar friends?
Do you feel satisfied after church that you had made the Lord proud because you followed His teaching and example?
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13
Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21
By love serve one another – By the proper manifestation of love one to another strive to promote each other’s welfare. To do this will not be inconsistent with the freedom of the gospel. When there is love there is no servitude. Duty is pleasant, and offices of kindness agreeable. Paul does not consider them as freed from all law and all restraint; but they are to be governed by the law of love. They were not to feel that they were so free that they might lawfully give indulgence to the desires of the flesh, but they were to regard themselves as under the law to love one another; and thus they would fulfil the law of Christian freedom.
25 Jesus called them together and said,“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28
And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last. Luke 13:30
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13: 12-17
What are we to do? serving self or others? Is there a difference in the Lord’s service?
Response. Lord, let me follow You in service – in Your church and in the world; that they may see You in me and learn to love You too. Amen.