*This is a portion of a sermon preached at the GBCB youth camp this summer.*
I want to give you a couple more practical strategies for completing the mission. To accomplish the mission do not serve God. You may think that I am crazy but Acts 17:25 says “…nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” If that is not enough Mark 10:45 says “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The problem that we have is that we have already seen in Matthew 6:24 that we are supposed to serve Christ as our one master. In almost every letter that the apostle Paul wrote he referred to himself as a servant of the Lord. This means that there must be a kind of service that is evil, and a kind of service that is good. The question is what does good service look like?
In 1 Peter 4:11 we see what good service looks like. Good service depends on the strength of God, and is for the purpose of glorifying God. Look back at Acts 17:25. They key to this verse is that God is not served as if He needed anything. You cannot serve God as if he needs your help; this is blasphemy. When you serve God you must find a way to always be the receiver because it is the giver who gets the glory, and the receiver who gets the joy. If I were to provide food to a starving man it would bring honor to my name, but it would be the starving man who would receive the joy of eating. This issue of serving properly is primarily a matter your attitude. Do not think that you are doing God a favor by working for the Mission of the Church. We have already mentioned Matthew 6:24, and serving one master. Think with me over this passage. How do you serve money? Do you work for the good of money because money needs you? No. You serve money by posturing your life to benefit from money. You shop around for the best deal, you buy when stocks are low and sell when they are high, and you work extra all so that you can benefit from money. This is how we should be serving God. We don’t work for God because He needs it. We posture our live so that we can benefit from God. We must serve through the strength that He supplies, only then will He get the glory.