Thursday, September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014 … Reborn to Serve

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 254

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to see a video of Marty Goetz singing his modern psalm Heneni, which tells the story of those who are re-born by God to serve Him.

Highlight Passage: Mark 10: 45 [NKJV} … Jesus - Born to serve …
  45 “… For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” 
Highlight Context - NKJV: Mark 10: 35-45 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK

Reference Passage #1: Isaiah 6: 5-8 … [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK …   Here is the story of Isaiah, the Prophet, who was reborn and sent to serve The Lord

Reference Passage #2: Matthew 28: 18-20 … [NKJV] ... GO TO THIS LINK  Christ’s charge to all those who are reborn in Him - to go and serve Him …

Reference Passage #3: 2nd Corinthians 5: 17… [NKJV] …
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

Reference Passage #4: Galatians 5: 16-26 … [NKJV] ...  GO TO THIS LINK Paul teaches that Christians are to walk in the Spirit, using the fruit of the Spirit to serve the Lord.

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Dennis Fisher, opens with an interesting word picture to illustrate what reborn Christians become in their relationship with Christ. Fisher tells of service dogs, who are born and bred to provide service to their Masters (see attached photo). Some are seeing-eye dogs; … yet others are trained to smell when their master needs insulin; … or others serve the needs of the physically challenged (as in the photo). But in that illustration, we Christians should see that we were “reborn to serve.”

 Today’s OBD highlight Bible passage (see Mark 10: 35-45 linked above) tells of two of Jesus’ inner 12 disciples, James and John, learning of THE ONE Who was truly “born to serve;” and in this passage, we also see Jesus teaching His followers (that’s me too) that in our faith in our Lord we are reborn to serve Him in our lives as His disciples. That’s what Isaiah came to learn when he surrendered his life to his Lord (see the Isaiah 6 passage above). It’s what Jesus commanded His disciples as He was raised to return to His Father in Heaven (see the “Great Commission” passage linked above). And it’s what the Apostle Paul was teaching the early church - i.e., that we are reborn in newness of Spirit to use His fruit to serve others; and in doing so to serve our Lord [see the 2Cor. 5 and Gal. 5 passages above].

 Today’s devotional song, linked above, is one of my favorites, … Marty Goetz, a born-again Messianic Jew, singing about those who surrendered to God’s call of service, … those like Isaiah, or Jesus’ early church disciples, or those, like you and me, who realize the seriousness of Christ’s great commission, … TO GO … in our lives, with the gifts and fruit we’ve been given by God’s Spirit … and TO SERVE our Lord for His glory.

 Where/how will we do that today?

My Prayer for Today … Lord, I pray that any reading here with me today answer our Lord’s call to service … yes, even today; … and we go forth as called ones in Christ. Amen

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