Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
he blesses your children within you.
Welcome to our Covenant Worship.
The Apostle Paul says that He has made himself a servant of all. He served them with his life and even his death. In the same manner our Lord came to serve in His life and in His death. Paul’s service was actually part of his evangelistic mission. He writes in I Corinthians 9 that He became a servant so that He might win more to the gospel of grace. Servanthood becomes an apostolic method to win those outside of Christ. If this meant sacrificing his tradition, He did it. If it meant not eating meat, He did it. Why? Because He did it all for the sake of the gospel. The gospel was greater than his differences with the weaker brother. For Paul, if it did not violate the law of God, he would do it for the sake of the gospel. Can we be imitators of Paul as he imitated His Lord? Beloved, let us serve one another in the body, but let us serve those outside the body also. They are the ones in need of grace. Paul says: “I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” Paul is so selfless that He wants everyone to embrace the blessings of the gospel. How selfless are we this morning?
Prayer: Teach us, O Lord to love your gospel and doing so, to live the life of a servant; the life of the cross, the life of your beloved Son who became a servant of us all by dying the death of the cross. In the name of our Lord Jesus, Amen.