Satisfied Servants Enjoying God
God plans to make us like Christ and cause us to enjoy Him. He has predestinated us for those things. We are foolish if we fight against His eternal plan.
Romans 8:29: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
We shall be satisfied when God makes us like Christ.
Psalms 17:15: As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Jesus came down from Heaven to serve, not just to be served.
Mark 10:45: For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
If we are to be like Him, we will also be ministers. When I got saved, I knew that God had saved me for some sort of ministry. But in my flesh I was troubled when I learned that the word minister meant servant. My flesh did not want to be a servant. We will not all serve behind a pulpit, but we can all serve God and others in whatever ways He chooses. As Jesus serves the Father, we can be sure they enjoy one another.
1 Peter 4:11: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
He will call us servants when we get to Heaven and we must become servants before we get there.
Matthew 25:20: And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
The sooner we learn what He wants us to do with our lives and do those things, the sooner we will be satisfied with our God, His plan, the new Christlike creatures He has made us and the new lives of service He has given us. That satisfaction should grow.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism:
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man? A. Man*s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.
1 Corinthians 10:31: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Romans 11:36: For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Psalms 73:25: Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him? A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. 2 Timothy 3:16; Ephesians 2:20; 1 John 1:3-4.
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