Christian Service 24/7
I was recently invited to a retreat by Jubilee church in Seoul(www.myjubileechurch.com.). The retreat was nearby – at Osanri (?). This is the original prayer mountain.
I was blessed and impressed by the worship and atmosphere of this English speaking church from the city of Seoul, and I would like to continue praying for them. I also appreciate their prayers for me.
The theme of the conference was “Christian Service 24/7.” One thing that I learned by preparing for this conference, was that for real CHRISTIAN service to be possible, we have to enter the life of COMMUNION with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In other words, before working FOR Christ, we have to let Him work for US, so we can become part of the Triune communion of the Godhead (We have to let Him ransom us – Mk 10:45). You can “perform” CHRISTIAN service, only if you are IN communion. See the very useful book of Seamands: Ministry in the Image of God (http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=3338), and the importance of Rublev’s icon on the Trinity (http://www.wellsprings.org.uk/rublevs_icon/trinity.htm).
Seamands puts it very well: “The ministry we have entered is the ministry OF Jesus Christ, the Son, TO [for the glory of?] the Father, THROUGH the Holy Spirit, for the sake of the church and the world.” To see a significant excerpt of this book go to http://www.ivpress.com/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/toc/code=3338.
Other useful information for this topic I obtained from John Piper’s site: desiringgod.org. Just do a search on the word: SERVICE.
Let us continue to serve with humility and passion (Romans 12:11), by trusting Him for future grace, and by honoring and prizing Him above all else.
May all of us fear to say say: “It is vain to serve the Lord.”
We should rather serve Him as beloved children (Malachi 3:13-18), for those who labor “in the Lord” do not labor in vain (1 Cor 15:58).