On Saturday, June 15, 2019, several men from Greenville, Carolina’s Rock Hill Baptist Church and Eastside Presbyterian Church gathered at Carolina Fine Foods Restaurant in Simpsonville to celebrate Father’s Day weekend, to engage in fellowship, and to be exhorted by Johnny Price. If you would like to read my summary of Johnny’s message, “Created Uniquely by Christ to Serve,” please read on. . .
“Created Uniquely by Christ to Serve”
By Johnny Price
Gathering of Rock Hill Baptist and Eastside Presbyterian Men
Carolina Fine Foods Restaurant
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Summary of and Editorializing by Bob Stouffer (All errors are mine alone.)
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The Bible is not unlike the body. Every part is important, but not every part is as important as others. Still, some parts are essential to human life.
What one system can be removed from the body, and the person will not die? The reproductive system. The reason? That system is not there for the person, but for other people.
Some parts of your body are essential for lifeSTYLE. Some parts are not necessary for life but for lifestyle — to do what you are created to do as you were created by God.
Again, not all of the parts of them Bible are as necessary as others. We should not discount Leviticus! But, if it were missing, we could go on.
And there are truths that must not be removed. The life of the Bible would be removed. It would be nothing more than an impressive self-help book.
We must experience life abundantly as God intended.
One essential passage is Philippians 2:3-11.
3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (English Standard Version)
[a] Philippians 2:5 Or which was also in Christ Jesus
[b] Philippians 2:6 Or a thing to be held on to for advantage
[c] Philippians 2:7 Or slave (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface)
Many of you remember Peter, Paul, and Mary, a singing trio. One of the men referred to Life, a popular magazine at the time. He followed a progression from Life to People to Self. And, finally, Me, with pages of aluminum foil. We have Me magazine today — Facebook! I publish the impression I want you to believe about me.
Our whole culture encourages us to be self-centered.
G.K. Chesterton one said that he does not come into a room with the thought that he is a king with a dozen servants; he comes into a room believing he is a servant with a dozen kings.
Christians are not doormats, and we are servants.
How many accounts in the Bible of Jesus’ birth?
Matthew, Luke, John 1, Revelation 12, Philippians 2.
We look behind the curtain in Philippians 2. Jesus emptied Himself. We are to have this same attitude. We are to think like Jesus thinks. If we think like Jesus, we will act like Jesus.
We are to be servants. We come to serve, not to be served. (Mark 10:45)
I am so impressed by the priority the Bible gives to the mind, our thinking, our education. We must have an attitude like Christ Jesus. We do what we do because we think what we think. If we change our thinking, we will change how we act. We are to be transformed by “the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:2).
Jesus has every right to maintain His comfort and not to be inconvenienced. But He was a servant. He gave up His rights.
I am called to help meet your needs, not your wants. I discern your needs, based on biblical truth. I may say no. We are called to be bond-servants who voluntarily give up our “rights.”
Jesus became obedient to the point of even death on the cross.
God says, “Humble yourselves.” He doesn’t say, “I will humble you. He loves you enough to humble you. You can choose to do so yourself, or He will certainly step in an humble you, which can be so much more painful.
“Not my will, but Yours, Lord” should be our attitude. Obedience. To the point of death. Death to self. Crucified with Christ. No longer we who live, but Christ who lives within us. Take up your cross.
THEREFORE, God exalted Him!
One day, everyone will acknowledge who Jesus is, including those who choke on the words.
James 4:10 reads, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (ESV)
1 Peter 5:6 reads, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you. . . .” (ESV)
Jesus will be recognized for who He is.
To the extent of humility and obedience, we will be the unique individuals God created us to be. We are divine originals. Such is God’s intention. There’s no one quite like you, and that’s a good thing.
The bottom line?
Fathers are called to be servants. Yours must be a lifetime of servanthood, a thrilling unfolding of who we were created uniquely to be in Christ.