Guest Post: The Foundation of Service is Love

This is a teaching that my friend and roommate Jessica Stine wrote for Saturday Morning fellowship.  I am posting it because it addresses the power of prayer and how love really plays a role in seeing God’s will come to pass.  Enjoy!

The foundation of service towards God is Love

Without love, we are nothing. Specifically the love of God. Also known as Charity.

(1Jn 4:9)  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Reasonable in verse 1 means logical.  Out of God’s love towards us, it is only logical to present our bodies, ourselves, as a living sacrifice.

We do not need to be a dead sacrifice because Jesus Christ already paid the price. To be a living sacrifice, it continues to say to renew our mind.  To renew our mind means to take off the old way of thinking, the worlds way, and to put on the new man, which is in Christ. In doing so, we are proving the perfect will of God.

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Rom 12:4  For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
Rom 12:5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Rom 12:6  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Rom 12:7  Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
Rom 12:8  Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Everyone has a function in the Body of Christ.

He has placed us as it has pleased him.  He also works within us to do the will of his good pleasure.  Some of us teach, some of us encourage (exhorteth), some of us lead, prophecy, there are may functions in the body. There are also “flashy” or “sexy” functions in the body that may give more recognition than others.

1Co 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1Co 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many.
1Co 12:15  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:16  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:17  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
1Co 12:18  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
1Co 12:19  And if they were all one member, where were the body?
1Co 12:20  But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1Co 12:21  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1Co 12:22  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
1Co 12:23  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
1Co 12:24  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
1Co 12:25  That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
1Co 12:26  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
1Co 12:27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
1Co 12:28  And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
1Co 12:29  Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
1Co 12:30  Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
1Co 12:31  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

This section of God’s word talks about the functioning in the body of Christ.  We all zeal (to be overly excited) for a certain position. However do we all function as an eye, or a foot?

If we are a foot do we need an eye?  Of course, this is a metaphor.  How our human bodies function is similar to how the spiritual body of Christ works.  Jesus Christ being the head and us being functioning members.  In verse 31, it describes how we may covet (desire or want) the “best” (we are all important) gifts, but God is going to show us something more important.

1Co 13:1  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1Co 13:2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Here it states that if anything we do, even to burn out bodies… If we do it without love… It profits us NOTHING.

How amazing is that.  That the more excellent way to serve is in Love! The love of God.

Prayer is a very private action we do alone (mostly), with our heavenly father.  Many people don’t even know when we pray.  However, it makes great impact in our lives.  Here are some records of men and women of service who pray and have eternal recognition for their service in prayer.

Luk 2:36  And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;
Luk 2:37  And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
Luk 2:38  And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

And another record

Col 4:12  Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
Col 4:13  For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

Prayer is not flashy.  It is a humble service.

When we make true intercession for people.  God works in great and mighty ways.  And the best part about praying for people is seeing prayers come to pass.  Prayer is a great service to God’s children.

1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1Co 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many.
1Co 12:15  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:16  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:17  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
1Co 12:18  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
1Co 12:19  And if they were all one member, where were the body?
1Co 12:20  But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1Co 12:21  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
1Co 12:22  Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
1Co 12:23  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
1Co 12:24  For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
1Co 12:25  That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

We can try to remove ourselves from our function mentally.  We choose, purposefully, to not function as God desires.  However, if he has placed you, it’s your spot.  No one can replace that spot.

Does this mean we function as a whole?

Yes. We don’t directly work with everyone in the body, however, when we pray in the spirit, it says that we pray for all saints.  How amazing God made prayer to be.  I love God! But we need you.  I can never say, I don’t need you.  It’s a great habit to say, “I need you.” And whatever function we have, we do it with Love.  Love never ever fails.  Read Romans 12 again.  It’s remarkable how God set up Love to never fail.  Test it.  It works! Remember God and Jesus Christ chose to love us.  God gave us free will so we may choose to love Him.  We also have a choice to love one another.  We always have a choice.  But remember, love never fails.

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
Joh 13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

We are lights in this world, we are also imitators of Gods love.

Joh 5:19  Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

What has God done from the beginning of time?

Love.  Of course, there have been amazing miracles, signs and wonders.  But for what purpose, for him to love us.  Jesus Christ was sent to show the world who he was and who God was.  If you continue to read John Chapter 17 you will see  Jesus Christ declare his purpose.  Remember, we have a purpose, and the foundation of that purpose is Love.

God’s love dwells in us because he is in us.  I am encouraging people who want to serve, ask God to show you how to love with his love.

– J.S. 01/09/2016
Like this post? Check out Scripture Teaching where another guest post digs deep in helping you make the choice to have faith.
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