Idols in the Service What is an Idol? Not a real god One that is made by the worshiper Made in the image of the worshipper God created man in His image Man refuse to follow Gods image you will be like God, knowing good and evil (Gen 3) This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt! (Exo 32:4)
Idols of a Servant Servant sets a curriculum and economy according to his own image understanding, belief, comfort, service We set the path for God to follow us! Uphold my your steps in Your my paths... (Ps 17:4) Your my word is a lamp to my your feet (Ps 119: 105) True Servants
in which their voices are not heard. Their voice is gone out into all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world. (Ps 19:4) 12 disciples the whole world 12,000 servants one class room? Why??? Whats different between us and St. Paul? St. Paul (dust) + Holy Spirit = fire! Me (dust) + nothing (no Holy Spirit) = dust! Weak Servants
Hard truth: Perhaps if we stop serving, more people will be converted But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. (Matt 27:13) Idol (1): Servant's Will Most difficult idol Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. (Gen 4:3)
11 Saul said, When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering. (1Sam 13) Idol (1): Servant's Will Difficult to obey another (God) I was like a beast before You. Nevertheless I am continually with You (Ps 73) Who is blind but My servant, Or deaf as My messenger whom I send?
Who is blind as he who is perfect, And blind as the LORDs servant? (Isa 42:19) Idol (1): Servant's Will Difficult to give up my will, even in service When you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish. (Jn 21:18) After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. (Act 16:7)
Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more. But Philip was found at Azotus.(Acts 8) Idol (1): Servant's Will All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers (Jn 10:8)
All??? Abraham? Moses? David? Abraham: stole Gods economy (Ishmael) Moses: stole Gods instructions (hit the rock) David: stole Gods decency (Bathsheba, Uriah) Idol (1): Servant's Will Solution: Ask the Holy Spirit to work God does not compel Himself on us, even in the service: Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him... (Rev 3:20)
Compel God to work with you! But they constrained Him, saying, Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And He went in to stay with them. (Lk 24:29) I will not let You go unless You bless me! (Gen 32:26) Idol (2): Selfish Ambition Most luxurious idol, Satans favorite (Pride) Serving towards ones account Some indeed preach Christ even from envy
and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely (Phil 1) 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness indignation and wrath (Rom 2) 15 Idol (2): Selfish Ambition Imagine: someone donates land for new church David and Nathan: 2Sam 7
2 The king said to Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains. 3 Then Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you. 4 But it happened that night that the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, 5 Go and tell My servant David, Thus says the LORD: Would you build a house for Me to dwell in? 12 I will set up your seed after you13 He shall build a house for My name Idol (2): Selfish Ambition
David and Nathan: 2Sam 7 Whats the problem??? Selfish Ambition: The house/temple will glorify David and Nathan, not God God will choose the place, the time, the servant Idol of being: first, head, valued, respected Idol (2): Selfish Ambition Most peoples reaction? Fine! I wont build a house! See wholl build it!
Davids reaction: Repentance, Thanksgiving! 18 Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? 20 Now what more can David say to You? For You, Lord GOD, know Your servant. 21 For Your words sake, and according to Idol (2): Selfish Ambition He must increase, but I must decrease.
(Jn 3:30) Story: service in Youth meeting Solution: When you serve, serve where God wants you to serve, in the service He choses for you, in the time he sets for you Position is not our concern: on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest. Instead: If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all. (Mk 9) Idol (2): Selfish Ambition The Pasha servant (chief surgeon)
The Microphone servant Solution: The Hidden servant (Matt 17) let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. Moses and Elijah like Christ??? This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him! When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. Story: The king built the church Idol (3): Dishonest Gain
Most profitable idol Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly (1Pet 5:2) In Service: gain is not on earth Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. (Matt 6) Servant: or ? Bondservant: one who is bound to service without wages; one who is subservient to, and
entirely at the disposal of, his master Idol (3): Dishonest Gain Do some servants want gain? Hireling! (Jn 10) But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. Idol (3): Dishonest Gain
Good Shepherd: Suffers for the sheep Protects the sheep Not only, no gain, but the servant gives: Heart, love, time, effort, energy for the service I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (Jn 10: 10)
Idol (3): Dishonest Gain Praise / Pride / Honor Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, But to Your name give glory (Ps 115:1) He must increase, but I must decrease. (Jn 3:30) The truly humble does not feel honor (St. Macarius) He does not have any feeling towards it He does not fight it, because it is not even an issue Idol (3): Dishonest Gain Solution:
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD. (Job 1:20) Where He lead me (to serve), I will follow priesthood deaconship Sunday School cleaning the floors no service Freely you have received, freely give. (Matt 10:8) Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds (service) before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Matt 6)
Hide your service! Idols in the Service Servant's Will Most difficult idol Solution: Ask the Holy Spirit to work Selfish Ambition Most Luxurious idol Solution: When you serve, serve where God wants you to serve, in the service He choses for you, in the time he sets for you
Dishonest Gain Most profitable idol Solution: Hide your service! Let us break down these idols!
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