June 20, 2009

We Serve Christ When We Serve People in Need - Jan Keats

Philippians 4:10-20

How can we serve Christ and serve people in need at the same time? According to the Scriptures, we are Gods hand extended, “I tell you the truth whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) If we are to be like Christ we ought to carry out his teachings.

If we know of anyone who is hungry we are to feed him. If we know of anyone who is thirsty we are to give him a drink. If anyone needs clothes to wear we are to clothe them. If anyone is sick we are to be caregivers, all in the name of Jesus. Do unto others, as we would have them do unto you. Jesus referred to those with the various needs, brothers. One would think that a brother would help another brother in need without even hesitating, regardless of his faith.

Let’s take a brief look at Paul. Paul had various needs during his missions. He stated in Philippians chapter four that he was in great need but he learned to be content in all situations. He knew the hardships in life as well as the abundance. Paul expressed something else of great importance, the secret of his contentment. Whether Paul was well fed or hungry or living in plenty or in need, he knew where to draw his strength. Paul was a servant of Christ whom he depended on daily. Paul’s needs were met by God according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

We servants can put our brotherhood and sisterhood into practice by reaching out to those with any need. For when we serve those in need we are serving Christ. Paul followed Christ’s example of servant hood. Peace and contentment comes when we reach out in love to everyone whom God places in our path. As Christians, we ought to share Paul’s secret in being content in all that we do and depend upon the Lord and be imitators of his life and actions.
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9)
We can live in peace!

© Jan Keats

1 comment:

  1. This is called walking the talk! Thanks for making me think, Jan. Good article. :)


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