Every Christian is called to be a servant. As servants we must follow Jesus:
John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my
servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
Luke 22:26 But ye shall not be so; but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
Matt. 25:21 His lord said unto him, well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
1 Cor. 7:21 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.
At the heart of servanthood is LOVE – loving and caring for the needs of others. In Isaiah 61:1-3 and Luke 4:18, Jesus said he was anointed to serve the needs of God’s people.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn, to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified”.
We have been anointed to serve those very same people today: the brokenhearted, captives, and prisoners.
We are admonished in Isaiah 58:1-2 (NIV) not to ignore those in need:
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
In the early church, all believers were encouraged to play their part:
Acts 4:32-35 -And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought to the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power game the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostle’ feet and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed
Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, the son of consolation) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
It is our mission to help others prepare for eternity by making disciples for Jesus Christ.
To provide through the eyes of faith and the guidance of the Holy Spirit all of mankind the opportunity to become worshipers of God in the beauty of biblical holiness, individually and collectively through evangelizing, education, equipping and edifying.
Are you a Servant?
Genesis 24:59 …my servant Abraham
Job 2:3 …my servant Job
Ezekiam 37:25 …Jacob my servant…and David my servant
Daniel 9:11 …Moses the servant
Haggai 2:23 …Zerubbabel my servant
James 1:1 …James a servant
2 Peter 1:1 …Simon Peter, a servant
Jude 1:1 …Jude the servant
Romans 1:1 …Paul a servant
—____ (your name) a servant
We can see home missions very clearly in Matthew 28:37-46
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred and ye game me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord when saw we thee an hundred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these of my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, depart from e, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord when we saw thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
There are five (5) specific areas of mission mentioned in this scripture:
Feeding the hungry
Clothing the naked
Housing the homeless
Visiting the sick