Our High Call is to Serve
- Date: May 23, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
There is no higher calling or greater demonstration of Jesus' lordship than to humble yourself and to prefer others and make them big, seek their wealth and gain, not your own, speaking to edifying, ministering grace to the hearers. We talked about the tale-bearing spirit and what it can do, the damage it can do among us. Proverbs 18:8, "The words of a talebearer are as wounds [we talked about that], and they go down into the [heart]." All of us at one time or another have been slandered. We've had friends betray us and talk about us, offer up information that should have been covered by love, and the damage that that does to relationships and to the body when those schisms come because of this tale-bearing, this slandering. We talked about the Holy Spirit being grieved. The Scripture says, "For where envying and strife is, there is…every evil work." Think about that for just a moment. How we've got to guard ourselves. The word "strife" just means expressed hatred. That's what the word means in the Greek. Those little barbs, those little innuendoes, just something that puts people down, that makes them less in the eyes of others. To make us feel good about ourselves. If we can tear them down, we can promote our agendas. Some of the people that we want to tear down are those that are doing things right, the way that Cain killed his brother Abel because Abel's gifts and offerings were acceptable. "Everybody thinks those guys are so spiritual; I'll show people what they're really like."
We're jealous because of their obedience and their humility. They're doing it right and we're not and it condemns us. That's why everybody hated Jesus. Right? The Scripture makes it very clear. He came and lived a life that they said you can't live. And, then, He freely offered Himself up, a sacrifice, pure and holy, on our behalf. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Where there's strife, there's every evil work. What a danger there is to allow that in our midst. We look at that aspect of it, and I'll just give you a couple verses here real quickly, and we can begin to see how dangerous this truly is. The source of this is powerful. Philippians, Chapter 2, verse 3 says, "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory…" Strife is caused more often by us wanting vainglory, by us being the focal point, by us wanting to be right in the eyes of others, by us wanting to prove our position. We won't back off of it. A way to keep harmony and peace is to really be able to deal with that spirit of contention. This spirit of contentiousness has to be identified in our lives.
But we're still that flesh, Father Adam. Paul said, even after being born again, filled with the Holy Ghost, and sanctified, he said, "For I know that in me (that is in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing" (Romans 7:18). We have to guard against it; it is in there. How strongly do you hold to your opinions? Do you have to fight everybody on them? Can you just back off? We talk, ladies, about the role of the helpmeet and the wife and submission and the need to be able to walk in that spirit of humility, understanding your role and how valuable it is and that you're not less, you're different. You stand at the side of your husband, the Scripture says so clearly, as that helpmeet, the one that stands and adds ballast and props up that man. We talked about the thing that causes so much trouble in marriage is that broken order. The man is the head. It is not a co-equal relationship and when the decision is made, true submission is taking on the decision of that person in authority, in marriage, in the church, in the military. It's what the word in the Greek means, you take it on as your own decision. It's not, "Well, that's what you think; here's what I think." "Because you're in charge, I'll do it but I don't like it and I don't agree with it." True submission is, "I agree just as though I came up with it." Two become one. We talked about the need, then, in these relationships, somewhere in the midst of this-and not just in marriage-to cause contention and strife to cease, somebody needs to step down. Do you want that spirit?