Privileges of Christ’s servants – Part 2
A true servant of Christ submits to the Master’s will; endures all things in the Master’s service; renders full obedience to the Master’s word; vows to remain forever in the Master’s service; abandons himself in the Master’s harvest-field; neglects golden opportunities which are not important to the Master’s mission; and takes up his cross daily for the Master’s sake.
There are non-negotiable conditions that must be fulfilled in order to enter the kingdom of God. These conditions should be the concern and conviction of believers and servants of Christ. Those who lack these qualities allow the standard of God’s Word to fall in the church. They are not bold enough to rebuke sin and unrighteousness.
The word of God insists that, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Whatever people have or do not have, they cannot get to heaven except they possess this spiritual qualification. We should not labour over people in vain. Therefore, Christians should preach the word without compromise and emphasise the most important things in Scripture without fear of anyone.
A real servant of God is devoted and submissive to the Lord only and cannot serve two masters – God and money. Those who make money or prosperity their prime reason for coming into the ministry of preaching cannot serve God successfully. True servants of Christ resist the temptation to amass wealth, holding the things of this world with loose hands, while gripping spiritual things with a firm resolve.
They are servants of righteousness and they serve in righteousness with all their heart, spirit and soul. Whatever they do, they do to the Lord, not with eye-service to please men but God. They ensure there is orderliness in the church. They would not allow the standard of the word of God to fall because they have the courage to correct others. God does not work where there is confusion, disobedience and rebellion. And if we want the Spirit of God to move in our midst, we must get ready to uphold the Word.
Further Reading (King James Version): Hebrews 3:3-6; Psalms 116:16; 119:125; 143:12; Revelation 22:3-5; John 3:3; Matthew 18:3; Luke 13:3; Matthew 5:20; Revelation 2:4,5; Matthew 6:24; Romans 6:18; Ephesians 6:6; Titus 1:5-9.