1 Corinthians 3:10-13
In his book Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster cites differences between self-righteous service versus true service.
|True Service||Self-Righteous Service|
|originates from a relationship with God||originates from human effort|
|seeks all opportunities to serve||looks for big opportunities to serve|
|rests in hidden service||requires others know & see the effort|
|is free from the need to see results||is highly concerned with results|
|serves everyone||chooses whom to serve|
|is a discipline||is affected by moods and whims|
|builds community||fractures community|
Foster writes there is a difference between choosing to serve and choosing to be a servant. One originates with us, the other originates with the Spirit of God. Though we may choose to serve as we develop the discipline of service, the goal of the discipline of service is for God to transform us into his servants. That is, serving becomes a part of who we are resulting from our abiding relationship with God. As we enter into the discipline of serving others, may God reveal to us the areas of self-righteous service. And may he transform us all into the image of the Suffering Servant, Jesus the Christ.
Posted on Thu, September 15, 2016
by First Baptist Church Lewisville