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What is Service?
The Pastor's Pen
by Pastor Jack Ward

Tomahawk Missionary Baptist Church

Albert Schweitzer said "I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found a way to serve."

A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor's office. After his checkup, the doctor called the wife into his office alone. He said, "Your husband is suffering from a very severe disease combined with some horrible stress If you don't do the following your husband will surely die.

"Each morning fix him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant, and make sure he is in a good mood. For lunch, make him a nutritious meal. For dinner, prepare an especially nice meal for him. Don't burden him with chores, as he probably had a hard day. Don't discuss your problems with him. It will only make his stress worse. And most important is make love with your husband several times a week and satisfy his every whim. If you can do this for the next 10 months to a year, I think your husband will regain his health completely."

On the way home, the husband asked his wife: "What did the doctor say?" "You're going to die." she replied.

It's not easy learning to serve others. Most people would rather be served than to serve. We are taught by our society to put ourselves first and make sure our needs are met. We are taught by advertising media to get what you want and get it now. Never put aside our wants and needs for those of others.

There is a song by the rock band, Jethro Tull, in which some of the Iyrics say something like this, "If Jesus saves, why didn't he save Himself? And, unfortunately, I'm afraid that this is the view that many people take on the crucifixion of Christ. But if this is our view, then we've completely missed the point. The crucifixion was actually the greatest act of service and love in the history of the world.

In the simplest terms, Christ set aside His preexistent glory and was crucified for our sins in order to bring us to God. Jesus put service ahead of self so that He might provide payment for the sin for all of mankind. As the Bible says in 1st Peter chapter 2, Jesus "Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness."

Jesus had no interest in being served by others. He was not interested in saving Himself....this is not why He came to earth....instead He came to earth in order to save us. Luke 19:10 "The son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." And this is exactly what He did.

Jesus was a faithful servant of God even to His death on the cross. Since Jesus died for you, will you live for Him and become His servant?

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