Sept 19th: If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?
As, I mount the podium to face an audience of many believers sweat begins to tread down my face. I breathe in and that breath cools my entire existence and with an exhale I begin.
Nothing, I tell you is new. For there is in fact nothing new under the sun. There are, however, many adages of wisdom left untried. One of the greatest would be wholehearted servitude towards others. In our American culture, we have somehow figured that individualism is sensible and realistic. This is not only true, but a mechanism of those who have to oppose those who don’t. We approve their knowledge, but cherish it as wisdom. Their words while loud are often not true, but affected. This is not a knock to those who have. Their knowledge of wealth is not offensive, but their viewpoints on the usage of it is.
Nevertheless, this lesson of wholehearted servitude is not solely for the wealthy, but for those who have little. Because the stipulations to serve one another are few. (1) Find an individual to serve. (2) Serve them.
While, this servitude seems apparently easy we (as a humanity and the church) have failed to do it with the intensity and integrity of the brothers and sisters who came before us, namely early church in the days after the resurrection of Christ. We have surpassed them in quantity yet we must look at the quality of how we serve. Do we serve one another well? Do we consider all that we have God’s or just the 10%-15%? I ask this not to offend, but rather bring to attention. All we have is His. Has His sovereignty somehow shifted? NO! It has not. It remains constant. So, if the Lord God is sovereign over all do we have a right to claim items solely belong to us? Ponder. If God created the universe are not all items made of the universe still His? Are we not using His items to make something else? I oft wander into tangents. Allow me to return.
Wholehearted servitude. It makes not sense to not define both words. First the noun, then the adjective.ser·vi·tudeˈsərviˌt(y)o͞od/the state of being a slave or completely subject to someone more powerful.
whole·heart·edˈhōlˈhärtid/showing or characterized by complete sincerity and commitment.