To those of you who have been crucified with Christ, I ask this question, do you believe you deserve what you have by grace received, have you ever been able to see anything in your life that would cause you to believe that you are now an heir to the Kingdom of heaven because of any merit within yourself that the Lord also recognized?
If you are truly saved then your answer was no, but I ask this question of you then, do you know how to walk-in humility as a prince or princess of the Most High? Can you see within yourself the position in Christ that you have been elevated to as the highest possible honor that can be given to man, while walking humbly with the Lord your God and among mankind?
And I ask one final question of you, do you realize the power within you while you travel through this life?
Far too many who profess the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior walk in subservient behavior towards others in the world, not in service to them, and my friends there is a huge difference in those two actions. One who serves his fellowman solely for the glory of God does so simply for that reason, that the Most High would be glorified in their lives. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)
Those who are subservient are concerned with how the world sees them, and are in that sense fulfilling Ephesians 6:6, “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;”
One says, “I want you to see that I am a Christian by my works,” the other says, “I do not care what you think of me, as long as the Lord Jesus Christ is lifted up in my life.”
It is so very subtle of a trap, is it not? And the subservient one has deceived even themselves by attempting to be seen as a Christian.
“What would people think of me if I did not show up to church, what would they think of me if they saw what I have hidden in the deep recesses of my computer, if they could read my thoughts, if they saw me as I really am?” “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2nd Tim. 3:5)
They believe themselves to be saved, and to prove that salvation they follow the prescribed obligations of what a Christian is supposed to be, that good and moral character that the world believes what a Christian is, not only with their lips but with nearly every action in their life that can be viewed by others, but inside are dead men’s bones.
Repeat the words, get baptized, adhere to the prescribed obligations, be subservient to all, but not a servant to Christ.
The pews are full of them.
The true integrity of a man is seen when he is alone, the character of a person is to be what the Lord is transforming them into, not what they believe they should be in the eyes of others. “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1st Sam. 16:7)
The servant of the Lord is not concerned with what others think of him, if they do not regard him as one of them, it matters not. He is not subservient to any, but a servant of the Most High God, it is His will that will be done in his life, and always and only for His glory.
He knows, you know that don’t you. “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2nd Tim. 2:19)
If you see yourself in this letter, you can stop now, you can stop trying to be a Christian and start becoming a true servant of the Lord.