Jan. 9, 2016
MY FRIENDS, A UTILITY MAN OR WOMAN, ARE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE SPIRITUALLY!
A utility man or woman “is expected to serve in any of several capacities” Paul tells us “though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;…………to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak.
I have become all things to all men that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.” 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NKJV) My friends all leaders must be “a servant to all” a utility worker who seeks His kingdom.
Christ himself tells us “and whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:27-28 (NKJV)
But it does not end there, remember the Road is difficult and “narrow and there are few who will attempt to find it. Christ also tells us “If any man [or woman] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matt. 16:24 (KJV)
My friends, “Our everyday images of leadership do not coincide with leaders being servants. Leaders influence, and servants follow. How can leadership be both service and influence at the same time?”
Well the answer is very simple and can only be found in God’s word as we allow God’s Spirit to “lead us in all truth and understanding” as we follow Christ lead and how He became a servant to all and a leader.
Leaders must also influence others with a “shared vision” a vision of getting to God’s kingdom and what awaits us once we get there. There must also be a fire from within us and that fire never get’s weary of the journey.
In Joshua 14, Caleb a utility man was only one of the two men who were allowed to enter the promise land. Joshua who took Moses place is now leader of Israel, Caleb tells him “I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land.
And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, I followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly….So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong and just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.
Now give me this hill country that the lord promised me that day. The lord will help me drive them out just as he said.” My friends Caleb’s faith never wavered and His fire never went out. As a utility man, or blue color worker for God, he knew his God.
He saw what the plagues did to the Egyptians, he saw the red sea part, manna from heaven, the voice of God at mount Sinai. He also witnessed God bring down the walls of Jericho which should have been done 40 years earlier.
He also knew the battle was not His but the lord’s” that is why the fire never left him or his desire to serve God. My friends let’s all look back over our life and focus where God has brought us from and then ask God to give us that hill of faith and endurance that will lead the redeemed into the promise land.
Every excuse we may give as the reason we cannot serve Christ, was challenged and answered at Calvary.