John 12:26 (KJV) Real Servanthood

John 12:26 (KJV)
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.

There are three connected thoughts concerning servanthood in this verse:
Serving Christ is following Christ
It is not doing as you will and calling it the service of God. It is not improving on what Christ has called us commanded us and instructed us to do. It is not changing His Word or updating His commission. Following Christ is simply doing as Christ teaches in the Bible.

Serving Christ is being with Christ
There is an implication and a promise in this verse. The implication is that, as we are following Christ, we will naturally be wherever Christ is. Christians will be in church because that is where Christ is. (I know that modern believers, so-called, say that Christ would be in the bars and skid rows and dark places of the earth, ministering to the down and out there. I do not deny that need but simply say that the Bible teaches Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. He commands us not to neglect it. He therefore does not neglect it Himself. He is at church.

The promise is that, whenever we follow Christ He is there. He promises that as we obey the great commission He is with us always. He promises, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

Serving Christ brings the blessing of God
“…him will my Father honor.” Everyone wants to hear the Father say, “Well done.” This is how it happens:

  • Serve the Lord
  • Follow Him and
  • Be where He is

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John 12:26 (KJV) Real Servanthood

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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