Revelation 7:15 How Often Are You Serving God?

Therefore, “They are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.” Revelation 7:15

Servants can be found nearly every place in every nation around the world. Often people are paid to be a servant for another person.

Each servant may be expected to meet a different set of needs. The common factor in all servants is to meet the needs of the person or group that one is serving.

John quotes from Isaiah 49:10 about the people who have died in the Lord and are now are dressed in white robes around the throne. They are serving God day and night, while God shelters them with His presence. This is looking into the future of a time in heaven.

Most people do not like the idea of being a servant, yet many are servants to someone. When working a job, the person is a servant to the boss, working to meet the needs of the boss or company or the customer.

Even though many people serve someone, very few serve someone around the clock, day and night. There is a time that they check in to begin serving and then later check out to leave. It is a temporary service.

At the point a person chooses to believe in and follow Jesus, he becomes a servant to God. Very often people are willing to serve God on Sunday’s in church and when convenient. Rarely is someone willing to serve God around the clock.

Life on this earth is the training ground to being a servant to God in heaven for eternity. Every believer needs to be ready and willing to meet any need God has of him, at any time God needs it. As the believer serves God, He will shelter him with His everlasting presence.

As a believer, you are God’s servant, there to meet every need He has of you without question or hesitation. God has some work of service for you to do. It may be in the morning, at noon or at night.

The important thing is to always be ready to do what God is calling on you to do. Instead of waiting until you are in heaven, begin serving God day and night here on this earth. Do the service Jesus began 2,000 years ago and continue until He returns or calls you home.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has called you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will serve God with all of your abilities; and that you will know His presence and shelter in your life.

James 3:15 Wisdom, Not Of God

Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. James 1:15

Wisdom is something that many people claim to have. They ‘know’ how to get something done or what is best for every situation.

Most often the wisdom that people have is used for personal gain at any cost. They have wisdom to know how to get what they want from others. It is often out of selfish ambition or envy that the wisdom shows up in the life of a person.

James describes the wisdom of the world and that it does not come from heaven. He harshly calls it earthly and demonic.

Selfishness and envy is what caused Adam and Eve to sin by taking the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. They were seeking wisdom for all of the wrong reasons and were led by Satan into sin.

Over the centuries, the heart of man has not changed. Many are still envious of others and seek things for their own welfare. In seeking things this way, they use the wisdom of the world, the same wisdom that Satan gave Adam and Eve.

This is not only found in the world, but also inside the church. Preachers speak wisdom in a way that is for selfish gain. Members of churches use wisdom to get what they want in the church.

Acting in these ways does not represent Jesus or God. Both are perfect examples of love, which does not envy and is not selfish. Just as Jesus put others before Himself, so should every believer do the same.

Using Godly wisdom will remove all selfishness and envy, realizing that God knows what is best for the believer and only provides what is best. The believer will flee the demonic wisdom of this fallen world.

As you seek out things for your life, you must ask yourself if it is sought out of envy and selfish ambition, or for God and others. The methods you use to accomplish something will reveal where your wisdom is coming from, whether it is from God or from demons.

Allow God to fill your heart with His perfect love for Him and for others in order to push out the demonic wisdom of this fallen world. Live your life to serve God and others, rather than serving self and Satan.

Where is your wisdom coming from?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will seek God for direction in your life; that you will use God’s wisdom to direct your steps; that God will strengthen you to reject the demonic influences around you; and that you will have God’s perfect love for Him and others.

Matthew 20:26 How To Be Great

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, Matthew 20:26

All over the world there are people who desire to be great. They want to be someone of great authority and power. It is often felt that the greater the authority or power a person has, the greater he is.

This power is sought out in many different ways, however, most often it is grabbed for or taken by force or deception. Rarely is great authority just given to a person because of who he is and how he acts.

Jesus had told the disciples that the Gentile rulers ruled with force, but that they are not to rule that way. To be great, one has to be a servant to others.

Looking at history, many of the greatest people were servants to others, to a point. They did something great to help other people out. Some of these people did it out of selfish reasons to become wealthy or powerful, but some did it out of genuine concern for people.

Believers, who have the right heart, will do everything out of concern for others and God. Everything Jesus did was to help others out, even His dying upon the cross. He came to serve, not be served, even though He had all authority, since He created everything.

To follow Jesus means one will be like Him. This means every believer must be willing to be a servant to others, putting the needs of others above their own personal wants, desires and needs.

This can only be done when one trusts God to meet all of his needs and desires. When this occurs, the believer becomes great. People will lift him up because he is building others up by serving them. God will lift him up, because he is being like Jesus and not selfish.

Every day you will have opportunities to serve someone else in some way. Instead of looking the other way or expecting someone else to meet that need, serve that person.

Rely up God’s strength and provision to meet your needs as you serve others. As you serve others, God can raise up other believers to serve you and meet your needs. In this way you will be more like Jesus and will be great in the kingdom of God. It will also be a great testimony of who God is and what He is like.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have a heart to serve others as Jesus served others; that God will meet all of your needs; and that you will be great in God’s kingdom.