By nature the flesh isn't interested in serving; by nature the flesh is only interested in self. If we are to deal ethically with one another we must walk in the Spirit.
The reason we hurt others with our words and actions, and the reason we bite and devour one another is because we walk in the flesh and not the Spirit.
One thing that I have discovered in my years of pastoring is that all the church has a willing spirit. A few are willing to work and serve others and the rest are willing to let them. To put it mildly, most believers are not Christian when it comes to them "serving others."
Reminds me of the old saying, "There once was a job anybody could do, but nobody did. Now when everybody found out that nobody had done the job anybody could do, everybody got upset at somebody. Now the moral of the story is this: if somebody would have done the job that anybody could have done, nobody would be upset with anybody."
Self-righteous service comes through human effort.
True service comes from a relationship with God.
Self-righteous service is impressed with the "big deal."
True service finds it almost impossible to distinguish the small from the large service.
Self-righteous service requires external rewards.
True service rests contented on hiddenness.
Self-righteous service is highly concerned about results.
True service is free of the need to calculate results.
Self-righteous service picks and chooses whom to serve.
True service is indiscriminate in its ministry.
Self-righteous service is affected by moods and whims.
True service ministers simply and faithfully because there is a need.
Self-righteous service is temporary.
True service is a life-style.
Self-righteous service is without sensitivity. It insists on meeting the need even when to do so would be destructive.
True service can withhold the service as freely as perform it.
Self-righteous service fractures the church.
True service, on the other hand, builds the church.
So let me encourage you to be Christian in your service for others.
✞ Remember, religion usually has self in mind, while Christianity has others in mind.
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