Christ-Regulated Service

Many times Jesus asked his disciples questions like this: “Are you offended by me?” The believer should not be occupied with what the world thinks of his service to God. Jesus was not concerned about what “society” said to him. He died for those people in that society, and it was His deepest desire to see them saved (2). His own brothers and sisters did not even believe Him (3). “He came unto His own, and His own received him not” (John 1:11). Yet, He would not let His non acceptance by the masses stop Him from serving God, the Father. “But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men” (John 2:24). He would not let the response of men regulate His service. John 12:43 warns us that the believer should never love the praises of men more than the praise of God.

Once, the disciples came to Jesus and were overwhelmed by the positive response they had received while ministering. Jesus said, “Notwithstanding, in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).

Jesus taught the disciples not to let any response (good or bad) that they would receive while ministering the Gospel regulate their service. Consider this verse: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23).

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