Fruitful meaningful Christian service and worship, for the glory of Christ

(Romans 12:1-2)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

The man who wrote that was a history maker in expanding Christianity into Asia and Europe. Paul was one super hard working apostle, church planter, preacher and servant of the Lord, and he wrote –

“this is your true and proper worship”

What was he talking about?

Our renewal, transformation, sanctification, devotion and commitment unto the Lord as a living witness that God is good, perfect and wonderful! That Jesus is indeed the Savior of mankind! The same Jesus who will return as KING of Kings and LORD of Lords

Isn’t that amazing?

Our good Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who saved us from the bondage of sins and death will not leave us as we are because He knew the root cause of all our life problems.

In the beginning, we were created to serve The Creator, but mankind had sinned and serve themselves instead. So now we live in this world of human expectation and meritocracy.

We grew up with the world’s ideas of credits, credibility, performances and results, we actually failed head-on when serving Jesus, if we don’t first clear our minds and hearts what it really means to serve God in a meaningful way that will produce fruits that will last.

Living in this world, very often we have too much human expectations and demands to deal with. But the best we can do is pay attention to the words of Jesus –

be transformed by the renewing of your mind

Using Jesus as our best example, I believe there is no other person who ever lived on earth, and had that close a relationship with the Father in heaven. Jesus was 100% devoted, committed, united in heart and mind with the Father in heaven.

God Himself testified –

(Matthew 3:17)

And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

(Isaiah 42:1)

“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations.

Yes, we still have a lot to learn from Jesus. The best we can learn from Jesus is His devotion and commitment to the Father in heaven. The best of Christian service and worship we can do for our Lord and Savior is to follow His ways –

(Hebrews 10:5-7)

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

The key theme of what was written in Hebrews 10:5-7 is obedience and fulfillment of the will of the Father in heaven.

There will be inconvenience and sacrifice of our own will, but it is a test of our faithfulness to Jesus. This is what it means to serve God first and foremost.

People who are “worldly minded” use “happiness index” to determine the will of God but that can be misleading.

True worship and service to Jesus is all about –

obedience and doing the will of our Father in heaven

Our basics of obedience is in our devotion and commitment to

Repentance

Renewal

Transformation

towards Christ-likeness

These are the things which translate to real meaningful Christian worship and services, and our Father in heaven will bless us when we do so.

There will be inconvenience and sacrifices, but we are moving towards a better future with Jesus.

This is our best defense against human expectation and demands, and “worldly mindedness”. We don’t have to do things to satisfy human expectation and demands, both others and our own, especially in this era of “political correctness”, “seeking men’s approval”, and “popularity votes” from various opinions.

But we definitely need to do things which please our Father in heaven.

 (Luke 10:38-42)

38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Of course I am not saying we should just sit around and be lazy. Mary was paying attention to what Jesus had taught her about the kingdom of God so that she can apply and put to practice. This is the same Mary who anointed Jesus with ointment, but was ridiculed by those who attend the diner with the Lord.

Jesus defended her saying

(John 12:7)

Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

How did she knew Jesus was going to die, while the rest of the disciples and guests were busy eating and some discussed about who should be the greatest?

Answer – she did what was pleasing to the Lord, knowing the will of the Father in heaven.

Mary practiced what she learned from Jesus, and pleased the Father is heaven.

Jesus is approved of God.

Likewise we can be approved of God when we do things Jesus’ way Jesus’ method.

 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

In-His-Service

David Z

be part of The Great Commission, with Jesus, for Jesus

(Matthew 28:18-20)

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

What Jesus had spoken here to His disciples is commonly known as The Great Commission.

I believe the two main fulfillment of The Great Commission are Communications of the Gospel of Jesus, and Christian Education for the purpose of raising mature disciples and leaders for Jesus.

The communications of the Gospel is necessary for inviting people into the kingdom of God –

(Romans 10:14)

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Christian education is necessary for producing disciples for Jesus who will become mature leaders for the church –

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

 

  1. Communications of the Gospel

The Gospel refers mainly to the salvation plan of God through Jesus. That’s the shortest possible description, simplified.

The Gospel needs to be proclaimed, communicated so that those who hear or received the message can response. It can be preached, discussed over coffee or even texted, coded and in braille format.

Yes Jesus needs a response from us, every one of us.

Although in the process of witnessing and communicating the Gospel, we may encounter rejections, but that does not means we stop communicating the Gospel.

We are called to be living witness and testimony of the grace and salvation of God through faith in Jesus. To be Christian is to be living witness of God’s salvation plan through Jesus.

It is Jesus who will save the people, not us! Means to say while we communicate and bear witness of the message of Jesus, we are simply showing people where and how to find salvation.

We may not have to communicate all the time because people may get tired of hearing, but we need to “be ready in season and out of season”. Whenever opportunity arise or when someone unexpectedly ask “excuse me, can you explain about your salvation and faith?”

Communications of the Gospel will not be complete without the long details version.

From the creation of man, to Noah’s flood, to Moses, through the Old Testament prophets, to the days of Jesus appearing, crucifixion and death on the cross, Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, His giving of commandments to His disciples, to His ascension witnessed and recorded in the Book of Acts, and what was written about the coming judgement of God, and we are to wait for Jesus’ return.

Now that will be a lot of details, but the key is, whatever information we need to provide please make sure they are

 

Christ Centered

 

That’s right. Gospel messages needs to be focused and centered on Jesus, and let Jesus be magnified –

(John 12:32)

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

 

  1. Christian Education

Our good Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who redeems us from sin will not leave us where He finds us.

Jesus wants to renew and transforms us into mature sons and daughters of God, make us become fruitful and effective.

This is where discipleship begins.

There will be inconveniences, resistances, and even persecution unto death. But these are all part of molding process, transforming and renewing us into mature and fruitful personalities ready to serve our Lord.

This is the channel for Christ-likeness in us. And all this can only happens through educational endeavor, organized consistent training equipping programs –

(Ephesians 4:11-13)

And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

(Romans 12:1-2)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Educational programs of course need manpower and commitment to get the work done.

Organized training equipping programs basically helps us to discern correctly between good and bad in the context of the kingdom of God, sharpens our sense of judgement and enable us to practice righteousness and truth for the glory of Jesus.

Education is an important part of Christian life. We cannot take for granted all confessed Christian will know now to live by faith for Jesus. We need to be trained.

We are living in a world flooded with distractions, diversion, corruptions and even perversions of truth. We need to be well trained and equipped to be able to stand firm in our faith in Jesus. Very often Christians went astray due to ignorance, deception and not being able to judge for themselves what is approved of God.

A core value of our training and equipping needs to focus on –

 

the Supremacy of Christ

 

That’s right; the Supremacy of Christ will teach us everything we need to learn about obedience and service to our Lord and Savior. Like in the beginning when God created Adam to dominance, but that power and authority was to be under subject to God Almighty.

We are trained to be conquerors, but under authority to Jesus.

We are called to live in liberty, but in obedience to Christ the real Head of the Church.

In conclusion, the two fulfillment of the Great Commission are

 

Christ Centered messages

discipleship under The Supremacy of Christ

 

Let’s be partners with Jesus to fulfill the Great Commission

The fulfillment of the Great Commission is not something which can be achieved through the individual; we need the whole community of faithful Christians working together in good partnership together under Jesus’ vision and direction.

 

In-His-Service

David Z