Yesterday we had our second Taught to Teach session and concentrated on the character of a Bible teacher: the servant. We should come with the same same attitude as Jesus, who came not to be served, but to serve. However, we must be very careful that we don’t try to serve God for acceptance. Jesus is clear in Mark 10:45 – He doesn’t want to be served in terms of someone trying to merit salvation, but rather He wanted to serve us on the Cross. Paul is clear in Acts 17, God does not need to be served.
We should not bring God our service for acceptance…but from acceptance.
When have been saved by Christ’s effective work on the cross, we can serve Him from acceptance.
We must be very carefull to get this right.
John Murrey in Redemption Accomplished and Applied explains:
If we once allow the notion of human satisfaction to intrude itself in our construction of justification or sanctification then we have polluted the streams whereof make glad the city of God. And the gravest perversion that it entails is that it robs the Redeemer of the glory of his once-for-all accomplishment.