Fresh Hope – 8th August 2017

In tennis, the time spent positioning yourself to serve can win or lose the match. Often when a player is winning on their serve, it can point to the fact that they could well win the match. If an opponent ‘breaks’ the other player’s serve, it’s a sign that things are now going the other way.

How you position yourself to serve in life, is also an indicator of whether you will be a winner or a loser.

For some people serving is beneath them. They say things like “I don’t feel cut out to serve”, which is really an excuse for being lazy or simply having a wrong view of what it means to serve.

Other people won’t serve because they feel called to much grander things and therefore don’t want to serve in small ways just in case they miss out on the big things. Again, a completely messed up view on what serving is all about.

Serving is not beneath us, but above us. It is a ‘high calling’ for every person on the planet. You have to step up, not down, to serve.

Take a look at the following passage of the Bible…

Acts 6:8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs AMONG the people.

For many, that’s the very kind of thing that you would love to do. You only see yourself being recognised on the centre stage of life and so you would prefer to skip the serving stage and go straight for the ‘power for the hour’ stuff.

Let’s ask the question: How did he get there?

Just three verses earlier, we find that the leaders of the early church were looking for seven men that they could trust to ‘wait’ on tables. This was a role that was important for the daily distribution of bread to the poor and needy of the area. Anyone could have been chosen surely, but after a brief discussion they came up with a list of names and guess who was at the top of the list…

Acts 6:5 They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism.

Stephen, the guy that was mightily used by God was being asked to wait on tables, and he said YES.

When God looks for a person upon whom he can place His grace, power, great signs and wonders, He doesn’t look for platform person he looks for table person. Someone that is willing to serve.

Could it have been that very act of serving released him three verses later in the power of God?

Our serving today will win the match.

How good is your serve today?

Never think that serving is beneath you, as it’s the very doorway that all of us must walk through if we are to win in life.

Where are you serving this week?

Remember…find a need and fill it.

Pastor Mark

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