Your Open-Ended Invitation

“God created within us the means to walk in newness of life, a life that is being renewed in the knowledge of God (Romans 6:4). To walk in the new man is not a command but a request from a loving Father to His beloved children so we could be partakers of the benefit– I Timothy 6:2. The benefit is an invitation to have a meaningful relationship with Him Who created life, for His Word shows us how to enjoy life by bringing the Christ within us ― up and out to the forefront of our lives.” ~LMJ~

Give Until It Hurts – Not!!!

“Giving is a spiritual principle that enables the giver to receive. Many non-Christian people have used the universal principle of giving and receiving, and because the power in giving always works when applied — anyone can receive. However, only the Christian believer partners with the creator of the principle. Giving and receiving are part of the natural flow of life, and God as our Father can inspire us in love to further benefit our lives and the lives of those our gifts touch.” ~LMJ & CAJ~

A Lovely Service

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 123:2:
Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

In the biblelands, a faithful servant or maiden would always fix his or her eyes on the masters or mistress’s eyes and hands even from afar as servants cherished the responsibility of being in the service of the master or mistress because they were rewarded for their service. In time, a personal bond would grow between the master and his servant, as they became companions on life’s journey, and the servant would treasure the trust he has earned and as well, the master would cherish the trust he has placed in his servant.

You see, when a master had this kind of bond with a watchful servant, there would be unspoken communications and directions sent, and blessings and rewards received. For instance, when their master or mistress would perhaps raise one eyebrow in a certain way or move his or her hand with a subtle gesture, the master, or mistress would be directing a servant or maiden to do something, perhaps bring a cup of water, or a pillow, or possibly let the cat out. The servant or maiden who would keep their eyes on the master or mistress would be blessed as Jesus taught, “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching” (Luke 12:37). A servant or maiden that has earned this trust would receive better food, better sleeping arrangements, much better clothing – etcetera, and the respect of the master or maiden.

In the time of the Gospels a Centurion (an officer in the Roman army in charge of a unit of approximately 100 foot soldiers), implored Jesus’ help for his servant when Jesus was teaching in Capernaum, on the northwestern shores of the Sea of Galilee. This servant of the Centurion had become incredibly sick and paralyzed and he was bedridden being “grievously tormented” with his inflection (Matthew 8:5-13).

You know it would have been much easier for that Centurion to dismiss his savant and just order up another one, if not for one thing and one thing only; they both had a bond of friendship that the two of them built together. When that servant was down and on his back, his master in a reversal of roles kept his eyes on his servant, went to work for him, and served the servant until help was found; this was the benefit and blessing his servant had earned and received by being a faithful steward in his service to his master.

Proverbs 18:24 also refers to this kind of man who in a time of need becomes a “friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” What an awesome bond the two men had for each other. As this Centurion watched over his servant, we find an excellent example of our heavenly Father keeping His eyes upon the faithful as they serve Him:

Psalms 101:6:
Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, {God’s way, reserved for “the pure in heart” and} he shall serve me.

Matthew 5:8:
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see {understand or comprehend} God.

The pure in heart are those who seek to faithfully serve the LORD. Faithful servants learn to respectively watch over His Word “as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (I Peter 4:10). And they – my friend – are the faithful of the land and the eyes of the LORD will watch over, and may I say, because He is God, He can do this more intently than any Centurion or caregiver could possibly fathom. Man’s response is to allow our heavenly Father this privilege as we wait on Him, considering that this also is our privilege.

Psalms 130:5-6:
-5: I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
-6: My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

What an awesome partnership we can build with our heavenly Father, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee” (Psalms 84:11-12).

A faithful servant was highly prized and extremely trusted by the master or mistress, and through this trust, an equally respected bond would continue to grow often into some real friendships as Jesus told some of his disciples:

John 15:15:
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Jesus has given us a remarkable reason to be in his service, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The ultimate reach of his friendship and love to you and I was that he not only said this but that he did this for you and I, his friends, as Peter wrote, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (I Peter 3:18). Thankfully Jesus became, “a friend of publicans and sinners” (Matthew 11:19), so that he may bring us to God.

Jesus Christ is as a golden thread, and he connects our hearts to the heavenly Father’s heart. All so often, Christian believers do not feel like they are a real part of God’s family or have access to God’s gifts, and that they do not really belong to Christ. (The best way that I know how to help one another find what is their personal part, purpose, and reason for being in the service of Christ is through receiving a personal understanding of who Jesus Christ is to them individually, whom we explore and explain in detail through our eBooklet series, The Golden Thread. This series is a blueprint that traces the biblical realities of Jesus through the entire Bible and makes them clearly understandable, because through Christ we come to know that God will remember and reward us through eternity as he is the link between God and man,─ I Timothy 2:5). Coming to personally know our Savior helps to enable God’s children who are on Christ’s behalf reaching out in Christian service and being a blessing to one another.

Today we have unfettered access to God Himself because of the service of our friend, our Savior, and our every reason to enlist in the service of offering his love to each other, “by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Proverbs 22:11 declares, “He that loveth pureness of heart {see Matthew 8:5, above}, for the grace of his lips {graceful lips that speak of love} the king shall be his friend.” In our case, the king that shall be our friend is Jesus Christ who shall be with us as we learn to reach out to serve love to our fellow man!

I John 4:7-11:
-7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
-8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
-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.
-10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
-11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Believers today who are in the service of our heavenly Father will also receive His laureled honor, are also in the service of Jesus Christ as he taught, “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (John 12:26).

There is only one way to reach out and reciprocate the love of our friend and Savior and that is to serve love. Love is a part of him, and through his love “ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:24). Through the lovely service of love, we will discover the true mercies God has placed upon our lives, mercy that has made us deserving of serving Him through the eternity of His love.

So our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, as a servant would look for and anticipate guidance and blessings; we in the service of the LORD shall receive the guidance enjoyed from His blessings and mercy upon our lives. Psalms 59:17 reads, “Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.” Notice the Psalmist wrote, the God of my mercy; once God gives you His mercy, then it is yours to explore and enjoy as you take pleasure in discovering its many benefits.

Mercy means the withholding of judgments, and thus, it is to receive something you do not literally get (judgments), mercy is actually receiving something so much greater than judgments for mercy is your proof of the personal relationship that you have worked to build in the service of the Creator of heaven and earth! One who is in the service of the LORD becomes one who is at peace with Him, and this peace grows and is nurtured into a united bond between both the LORD and His child who is waiting upon and receiving from Him daily inspiration and guidance.

The phrase, in the first verse of this study, until that he have mercy upon us, does not imply that He “may not” have mercy, but indicates the time (or duration) of God’s mercy upon us, which is now. And mercy becomes more and more realized and accepted and appreciated in our lives through the unspoken communications received from our inspiration in a lovely service of serving the LORD.

Psalms 86:5:
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Psalms 90:14:
O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psalms 107:1:
O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Colossians 3:22-24:
-22: Servants {this can be applied to employees on the job}, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing {respecting, honoring} God:
-23: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
-24: Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Hebrews 4:16:
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.