Being A Christ-Like Servant

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One of the greatest stories that we read about in the New Testament is the account of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet found in John 13:1-17.  Starting in verse 5 and ending with verse 6 we read, “After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.  Then He came to Simon Peter.  And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”  I enjoy the question that Peter asks Jesus.  This was certainly a relevant question to ask because here you have the Son of God washing the feet of apostles literally taking on the form of a servant.  Jesus goes on to say in verse 15, “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”  What was Jesus’ point for washing the disciples’ feet?  It was to show them that as followers of Christ, they are to take the form of servants and as Christians, we are called to follow this same practice today.

On Saturday, August 15, a few of the college students from the Church of Christ Student Center at Western Kentucky University participated in Move-In day.  This day was the first opportunity for incoming freshman to start moving in, kicking off the beginning of Master Plan.  During the move-in day, we had the opportunity to help several people move into their dorms and seeing how happy they were was truly a blessing and encouraging.  For those of you who are students at WKU and are looking for a great group of Christian friends to be associated with, feel free to check out the Church of Christ Student Center:  http://orgs.wku.edu/thecocsc/ Feel free to email us also at: thecocsc@wku.edu.  We are here to assist you in your spiritual needs.

If you are reading this and you are a Christian, let me challenge you to definitely follow the example that Christ has given us.  By being that Christ-like servant.  I love the passage over in Philippians 2:3-4 which says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interest of others.”  When we as Christians take on that form of a servant, it allows us to do two things: 1) it allows us to show people that we care about them and 2) it helps us to take the focus off of self.  Finally, taking on the form of a servant helps to remind that we serve an almighty God who loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for us.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16  Let me encourage you once to be a Christ-like servant and you will have a blessed life that will prepare you for eternity.

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No Compromise Even When Things Get Hot

Good afternoon everyone. My name is Tyler Binkley and this will be the first of many blog posts to come.  To find out more about who I am, click here.  The main audience for this blog is going to be students who are college age because this is the time when most young Christians (according to research) fall away from the faith.  This blog will help college aged Christians remain on the straight and narrow path.

This past weekend, the college group at Lehman Avenue church of Christ and I had the opportunity to go the Arnold church of Christ Youth Rally held in Arnold, Missouri.  The Youth Rally started Friday (August 7) and ended Saturday (August 8).  Steven Hunter, who is the Associate Minister at Lehman Avenue, was the speaker and he preached a series of lessons from the book of Daniel that fell under the theme “Being Who God Wants Me To Be”.

One particular lesson that really stuck out to me was from Saturday morning and the title was: “When Things Get Hot”.  The lesson text was centered around Daniel chapter 3.  In this chapter we read about the ever so popular story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.  In verse 3, we read where King Nebuchadnezzar had set up an image and verses 4-5 tell us: “Then the herald cried aloud, To You it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up;”.

Immediately we see a problem here.  Idolatry.  King Nebuchadnezzar has created this golden image and at the sound of a trumpet he wants everyone to worship it.  In verse 6, we are told that if people choose not to worship the image when the trumpet is sounded, that same hour they are to be cast into a burning fiery furnace.  Now dropping down to verse 12, King Nebuchadnezzar is informed that there are certain Jews who he appointed to be over Babylon by the names of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego who are not worshiping this golden image.  In his anger, King Nebuchadnezzar calls for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to come before him and he tells them in verse 15: “Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made, well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that god that shall deliver you out of my hands?”

Let me ask you this question.  If you were standing before a high authority such as King Nebuchadnezzar, and were asked this same question, what would you say?  Would you be fearful and bow before the image?  Or stand up for God?   I love the response that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego give in verse 16 about halfway through: “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer thee in this matter” verse 17: “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and he will deliver us out of thy hand, O king.”  Did you catch the assurance that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego had in verse 17?  They were certain that God would deliver them from the midst of the fiery furnace.

In verse 18 (and I’m paraphrasing) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego tell King Nebuchadnezzar that they would not be bowing to the image nor worshiping his gods.  In his anger in verses 19-22, Nebuchadnezzar commands that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego be cast into the fiery furnace.  We read in verse 22 that the fire was so hot that the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to the furnace were killed instantly due to the heat.  Verse 24 we read that King Nebuchadnezzar is astonished because he sees not 3 but 4 people in the fiery furnace.  The story is concluded when King Nebuchadnezzar calls for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego and they walk out from the fiery furnace unscathed.  When the other people saw this they were greatly astonished and in verse 29, King Nebuchadnezzar makes a decree that anyone who speaks evil against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego shall be cut into pieces and their houses shall be made a dunghill.

This lesson stuck out to me because in the world we live in today, it is so easy for us to compromise our faith.  Especially on a college campus.  It is so easy for us to support or do things that we know is not right.  Why is that?  It is due to the fear of being in the minority and not of the majority.  However, think back to the story we just talked about.  Do you think Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were in the minority?  Absolutely.  Through their faith and trust in God however, they overcame the majority.  This is how our faith as Christians should be today.  We should not fear to be in the minority because as Christians, we are seeking a heavenly country.  Not an earthly country.

We sing a song:

“This world is not my home I’m just a-passin’ through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”

As Christians, let us not compromise our faith just because the world wants us to.  Let us stand for the things that are far greater and that will help us reach a heavenly reward.

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