Top 40 Faith Actions for Every Believer - 1
“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24-26
The servant of the Lord is set apart from all other servants in many unique ways. He or she is first and foremost a servant by choice. We choose to serve God. He does not impose Himself on any man. Secondly, it is a servanthood with a promised destiny that will result in transformation from sin to righteousness [2 Corinthians 5:21], from death to life [John 5:24; 1John 3:14], from darkness to light [1Peter 2:9], from poverty to abundance [2 Corinthians 8:9], from servant to friend [John 15:15] and them to priest and king [Revelation 1:6; 5:10].
God’s design in establishing a servant relationship with is not for the purpose of harshly dominating and ruling over us for some humanly conceived, irrational, capricious or sadistic pleasure as men dominate their servants, but for an eternal destiny that will bring great blessing, joy and peace to the servant from His master’s hand. The servant of the Lord is called to imitate his master in all things, including prosperity, health wealth, wisdom, understanding, grace, mercy and compassion.
Yes, as a servant of the Lord our calling is to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. God knew we would face opposition, so there is only one thing we are told not to do in the pursuit of our calling; do not strive, do not be argumentative, combative, or abrasive and coarse in our effort to preach the Word. On the contrary, we are commanded to be gentle with all men, to be patient and ready at a moment’s notice to share the Good News of Jesus when it’s convenient and when it’s inconvenient. [2 Timothy 4:2]
And our teaching should be done in an attitude of meekness, not boastfully or arrogantly, but in humility we are to instruct those who oppose themselves. But that does not mean we should suppress or do our sharing without passion or a sense of urgency. Our heart’s earnest desire must me to see people saved, delivered and set free.
The suffering and death of Jesus on the cross was not a passive, emotionally disengaged event for Him. It took everything He had, EVERYTING for Him to fulfill the high cost of our redemption. How can we then share the message of His love-driven sacrifice passively and dispassionately without engaging our hearts in the process knowing the profound weight of His ultimate act of Love and the enormity of significance this was and is for the Father God, for all eternity?
As servants of the Most High God are we to regard the proclamation of the Gospel of so little value that we would be silent and not share it, rather than risk the rejection of men? Let it not be so! The world more now than ever needs to hear about and see the true Jesus in His servants. Millions are conflicted and are living opposed to themselves because they have not heard or they have heard but have not believed the Words of life.
Men become opposed to themselves when the will of the devil takes a higher place of authority in their lives than the Word of God. The one to whom we submit ourselves to serve that one becomes our master. That master can be a spirit, a person, a thing, a habit, a selfish passion (lust), a lifestyle, a material entity (acquisitions), and any number of things that are contrary to God’s Word.
To be taken captive at the devil’s will is to let our baser, human, sinful passions take ascendancy over the knowledge of God and His grace. But the grace of God is greater than our sin, so we need not stay captive to the will of the world, the flesh and the devil. Any man, woman, or child can always be set free by a simple act of faith, turning to God and His love with a willing and contrite heart.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” Psalm 51:17
Until the sinful heart is ready to acknowledge its sin it cannot be saved or transformed. This is what Jesus meant when He said to the Pharisees that He did not come to heal those who are well (that be whole) but those who are sick and acknowledge their need for Him.
“And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick .But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Matthew 9:11-13
“And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:8-10
There is much talk today about people self-identifying as this or that by which they wish to be acknowledged by all kinds of nomenclature heretofore unheard of. But few will readily self-identify as sinners who need The Savior, Jesus Christ. But all who do are the ones Jesus came to save. All men need to be saved and there is only one name given among men by which they must be saved [Acts 4:12]. That name is Jesus Christ, Jesus the Anointed One, Jesus the Messiah, Yeshua Ha-Mashiach. All these are His name. He is the One and only Savior of the world.
As servants of the Lord then our command for God is to gently, patiently, in meekness tell those who acknowledge the need in their lives for something more, for help, for healing, for wholeness, for salvation, indeed for life, that there is One who saves and He has come to save them. For those who remain opposed to themselves we are commanded to pray for them, to love them, to show them kindness and compassion, not judgment or condemnation, but grace and the love of God that loved us while we were sinners and willingly laid down His life for us so that we could be saved by His blood and transformed by His Spirit.
Action step 1 – Show the love of God whenever and wherever you can to all, and tell all who are willing to hear you that Jesus Christ is Lord over all and in Him is the fulfillment of ALL their needs now and eternal life in the world to come.