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June 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - June 5, 2016

Good Morning!

Today, we emphasize servanthood. The funny thing is that we say we emphasize it today, but it should be a reality emphasized in our lives daily. I pray this morning; we will each examine our heart to see if it is a fully devoted servant’s heart.

So, let’s think about this in an elemental fashion. If you are a servant, then you are a servant to something or someone. That someone or something owns you. Of course, the Christian is a servant of our King, Christ Jesus. We serve at His discretion and at His will. He directs our paths and He directs our ministry. He can change where He desires for us to live, work, and serve at a moment’s notice. The servant owns nothing. The servant really decides nothing without his Master’s approval. You can try to make decisions, but for the follower of Jesus, He will direct your paths to His will in spite of you. It may take the hard road for you, but He will complete His will.

Think of this though: If you are not fully devoted as a servant to Jesus, you are still a servant to something. You may be a servant to your hobby, your work, a personality; you can even be a servant to a philosophy or a mindset. You can even be a servant of yourself, I suppose. But, here is the cold reality: Jesus said, "You cannot serve two masters." So, where does that leave the person who is considering themselves a servant of Christ, yet not taking up their cross and daily dying to self?

It leaves you in a place of choosing, a place of decision. Whom will I serve? If you are serving anything or anyone else other than Christ, you are ultimately in bondage and servitude to Satan himself. He is the one who is behind all other counterfeits of Christ. I choose to serve the one who gave Himself for me on the cross to purchase my pardon and make me a servant, a slave for the King! I fail Him many times, but He is always there to correct and lovingly instruct me in His ways, step by step.

As always, my prayer is that we would all, "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth." II Timothy 2:15

Humbly Yours,

Bro. Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

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