In our worship time at First Baptist Plainview, we are hearing about Five Star Service. Customer service is my thing. I am loving this series. When I share what I heard in a particular service, please don't think that this is what the pastor said or his thoughts from what he felt God leading him to say. We all take away different ideas from what we hear. When the Holy Spirit is moving, it becomes personal.
Last week the topic was Service Inhibitors. The scripture was Daniel 4:34-37, I [Nebuchadnezzar] raised my eyes towards heaven, and my reason returned to me. Then I praised the Most High. I honored and glorified Him, who lives forever.
I absolutely love the lesson found in these words. He raised his eyes towards what he knew would save him. God blesses this. In the crazy spiral of sin, reasoning returns because God IS foundational, the balance of our Spirit. In overcoming, we praise Him.
My Jesus, I love thee.
You are mine
I love you in every breath you give me
Willing to be yours
To use, to go, in the way you lead.
Thorn on your brow, dripping, for me
Let me say thank you
Let me wipe the tears for your children
Allow me to make you smile.
In the business of sharing Jesus, how many gold star reviews would we get? I know it is never enough for all He did for me, but I listen and follow. We must make serving Jesus to others the best experience they have that visit, wherever, whenever the opportunity is given to us.
The inhibitor to doing service well is pride. I have this little mantra that I share: Anything I can do, you can do better. You can do anything better than me, yes, you can, and let me connect your gifts with a place of service.
If we are striving for power, the pinnacle of whatever the world success might be for our lives, we may miss Jesus opportunities because the job requirement of serving is being humble and placing others first. If God is not using us, there is a reason.
When we feel like we have nothing to offer, God says, Go. He will deliver ALL we need to participate in His story. We want to be woven tightly into His eternal tapestry.
Then this Sunday, we looked at Five Star Service: Service Facilitators. The scripture was Hebrews 12:1-3; therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Here is what I heard...
He is moving
He is alive
He is here
All honor and power
At Calvery ~
Mercy there was great
Grace was free
Your Name is Victory
No fear, humble me
Into your service
Your final breath ignites me
To stand in the gap
Use me, Lord.
By your Spirit, I rise
Declare your Victory
For I am not of the world.
Come alive in and through me, King Jesus.
Service is a volunteer in action. We must relate to others on their level, not our expectations. We must exude humility. What we see in others depends on where our eyes are fixed. We must finish what we start when we trust that Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He does not stop midway, slap His hands together and say, it is finished. No, He finishes what He starts. We may endure hostility, He did. We may grow weary, He did. He did not give up, and we can't either. Just to think of the cross moves me now. Everything we do invites criticism, but when we go in the Power of God, we will and can endure.
Whatever we are called to today, small or big, do it with excellence, give Grace, bring joy to His Name. Run the race, don't be discouraged, keep the lamp burning and eyes fixed on Jesus. Spend more time encouraging others.
Fix your eyes upon Jesus. Look full into His wonderful face, bright Hope for tomorrow, amazing Grace.