Fourteen Thousand Ways To Serve
Matthew 5:13: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Mark 9:50: Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
Some time ago I heard that there were fourteen thousand uses for salt. I don*t know who counted them or if the number is correct. But I am sure there are more than fourteen thousand ways that we can be the salt of the earth. There are multitudes of ways we can serve God and others according to His will. Surely with all of the available opportunities we can find a few ways that we can serve. They are easy to find. I have known a few unbelievers who seem to be servants of no one. I have also known a few believers who seemed unwilling to serve anyone but themselves. When we receive Jesus He changes us from rebels into obedient servants. If you doubt that, read the first verse of the books of Titus, James, 2 Peter and Jude. The greatest leaders are first and always servants. That included Daniel and Moses.
Daniel 6:20: And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
Daniel 9:11: Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
By the way, even Webster acknowledges that the word ministry means the act of serving. I have known a few who called themselves ministers, but they were not servants and I don*t believe they were truly saved. Before I received Jesus I served no one unselfishly. That is to say I served others so they would serve me. Now the most joyful times of my life are when I serve others with no expectation of being repaid.
Acts 20:35: I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Matthew 10:8b: . . . freely ye have received, freely give.
Proverbs 19:17: He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
2 Corinthians 9:6: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
Giving includes our time, our energy, our finances and if we have the true riches, eternal life, we should be sharing the gospel with others so that they might be saved. Has God changed you from a rebel into a servant? If not, you don*t truly understand what it is to be saved. If we have not been saved from self-centeredness, how can we believe that we are saved?
Care to discuss Fourteen Thousand Ways To Serve with Ron?