Action and Servitude to Christ
Do you know what it is like to be a servant? From 1619-1865, there were many people who were slaves. Serving Jesus Christ is just like being a servant.
So how do you serve Christ, anyway?
There are many ways to serve God, including answering callings you’ve gotten by God, being a missionary, preaching to sinners to teach them the Light, etc. To be a servant of God, you need to not just have faith, but “act”.
Hmm, act as in acting in a movie? No! More like the word in action. The Bible says in James 2:
“But someone will say, ‘you have faith, but I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I’ll show you my faith by my works.” – James 2:18
“For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” – James 2:26
Well, what is “works”?
Works is action. In other words, you have to participate! Anticipating is different than participating, and good intentions are different than actions. To have faith and works, you need to have faith and be active!
So how do you be active?
Being active? Ha! It’s easy! You can participate in Christian activities on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, etc.), make videos (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), go around the neighborhood and talk to your neighbors about the Light, and more! You can even show your Christianity in being a missionary or becoming a famous Christian!
What if it’s too hard?
It’s not! You can always find a way to be active somehow without doing something that’s “too hard” for you.
Are you able to be active with a group?
Of course! You can always be active with a small group of people or with a whole bunch of people! If you think it’s too hard, just remember you’re not alone.
“But these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the Word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures to see if these things were so.” – Acts 17:11
To “examine” means to check out, investigate, or study. So in other words, the Jews of Berea were nobler than the Thessalonians because they studied the Bible to see if the things that Paul (yes, the huge Apostle Paul) was talking about were true. Of course they were true, but those Jews wanted to make sure they were. Here is the Verse showing what happened before the Verse, so you can understand what happened. It’s the same link as Acts 17:11.
So is serving Christ the same as having faith and works, or is having faith and works the same as serving Christ?
Having faith and works is serving Christ. You can do many things to serve Christ, and that’s one of the many ways to serve Him. Jesus died on the Cross to protect us, and I think we should serve Him to thank Him back.
So, servitude to Christ, and faith and action work hand-to-hand.
In the beginning, you said “slavery”. Does being a servant of God mean you are a slave to Him?
In some ways, yes, and in some ways, no. How slaves were treated back then is not the kind of treatment you get for being a good servant to the LORD.
The following are two separate bible versions, which mean the same thing, but say different things.
“So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” – Romans 7:25, New International Version.
“So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” – Romans 7:25, English Standard Version.
There we have it – servitude to the LORD is faith and action.
-Arianna Fox, Age 9