10-11 Lifelines — Born to serve

By Bettie Marlowe
Posted 10/11/19

Born to serve

Most things come with instructions or directions. Pick up a can of soup, a box of cake mix, a game or a toy, and somewhere n the package, you’ll find instructions to make that particular product do what it’s intended to do. We, too, do not exist without instructions to make our lives successful.

From the time we’re born, someone is directing us —giving instructions, training, teaching and guiding. We were born to serve the Lord. With the intelligence God gave us, knowledge is acquired, but that is not the stopping place. No matter how sharp a person’s mind is, all that “smarts” must be applied to life – to accoomplish what is intended for us.

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10-11 Lifelines — Born to serve

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Born to serve
Most things come with instructions or directions. Pick up a can of soup, a box of cake mix, a game or a toy, and somewhere n the package, you’ll find instructions to make that particular product do what it’s intended to do. We, too, do not exist without instructions to make our lives successful.
From the time we’re born, someone is directing us —giving instructions, training, teaching and guiding. We were born to serve the Lord. With the intelligence God gave us, knowledge is acquired, but that is not the stopping place. No matter how sharp a person’s mind is, all that “smarts” must be applied to life – to accoomplish what is intended for us.

James, in the third chapter, verse 13, talks about wisdom and its importance. He states the premise in a most simple way: If you have it, it shows. Where:? In the works you do. A person is granted wisdom for a reason. It is for that one purpose — that we can serve and glorify the Lord.

James says a truly wise person does not boast of his wisdom, but is meek and not self-seeking. A wise person is a peacemaker. He has peace with other people — relationships will improve. And he has peace with himself. His heart is not filled with envy, strife and jealousy. He is secure in his relationship with God and with others. . He has peace with God — he is teachable. His only aim is to serve.

Once on the Merv Griffin Show, the guest was a body builder. During the interview, Merv asked, “Why do you develop those particular muscles?”

The body builder simple stepped forward and flexed a series of well-defined muscles from chest to calf. The audience applauded.

“What do yo use all those muscles for?” Merv asked. Again, the muscular specimen flexed and biceps and triceps sprouted to impressive proportions.

“But what do you use those muscles for?” Merv persisted. The body builder was bewildered. He didn’t have an answer other than to display is well-developed frame.

Spiritual exercises — Bible study, prayer, reading Christian books, listening to Christian radio and CDs, faithful in church attendance and so forth — are also for a purpose. They’re meant to strengthen our ability to build God’s kingdom, not simply to improve our pose before an admiring audience.
These things are to equip us to serve the Lord. We were not saved to be placed on a pedistal and viewed in a museum.

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