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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark

Faith Baptist Church

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Crossville, TN. 38557
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What Makes A Servant

In Joshua Chapter 1 God appears and speaks to Joshua after Moses dies. He tells him to arise and go over this Jordan, you and all the people unto the land which I will give you. Every place you walk upon I will give it to you as I promised Moses. All the way from the wilderness to the river Euphrates unto the great sea, the Mediterranean in the west, shall be yours. There will not be anyone able to stand against you, for as I was with Moses I will be with you. Be strong and of a good courage for you will divide the land unto the people for their inheritance. Again be strong and very courageous, or don’t be discouraged, that you may observe to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. The book of the law shall not depart from your mouth but you will meditate upon it day and night, and it will bless you, prosper you and give you success. Again, have not I told you be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid or be dismayed for the Lord thy God is with thee wherever thou goest. There are many thing which could be preached or taught from these verses this week. Look at verses 6; 7 and 9 where it says be strong and of good courage, or very courageous. That would be a great message for a Christian. But I want to look at the phrase found in verses 1; 2 and 7 where it refers to Moses as the servant of God. This phrase is found 22 times in the Word of God along with the phrase “Moses, my servant” which is found 3 times. So a total of 25 times Moses is referred to as God’s servant. What an epitaph to have on one’s tombstone! A servant has no will of his own, only of his master. He has no aspirations, just those of his master. He is a servant that’s all. And in Moses’ case here he was God’s servant. What does it take to be known as the servant of God? Let’s explore a few of them this week.

Moses was born in the right family. In Exodus 2 it tells us the story of Moses’ birth into a Levite family. Pharaoh commanded all the male children be killed but they hid him for three months and put in him an ark in the river where Pharaoh’s daughter found him and raised him as her own. He was born a Hebrew, God’s chosen family. In order to be a servant of God one must be born again into God’s family; he must be saved. You may be lost and go through the motions of serving, of singing, teaching and even preaching and everything else. But if you are not saved, you are not serving. You must realize your lost condition and accept Him as your Savior.

He talked with God is the second thing we will look at. While he was watching his father in law’s sheep he saw a bush burning but it was not consumed. It wasn’t uncommon to see bushes on fire in the desert but it was uncommon to see one on fire and not burning up. Moses turned to go to this site and God spoke to him and they talked. In order to be a servant of God you must speak or pray to Him. Our prayer life must be in working order for us to have an effective prayer life. It isn’t God who approaches us after salvation but it is us that approaches God. James 4:8 says “Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you”. It is up to us to make the first move. Hebrews 4:16 states “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace”. You see in these verses it is us who approaches God and we do that through prayer. Philippians 4:6 says “Be careful for nothing (do not fret or have anxieties over anything) but in everything by prayer and thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”. How is your prayer life today? Does it last longer than your phone conversations? Does it last longer than your time on the internet? How can one be a servant of God and spend so little time in prayer? You can’t! Here’s a great and precious promise to us found in Jerimiah 33:3 “Call unto me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not”. In order to be God’s servant you must talk with Him.

Thirdly, Moses was known as God’s servant because he obeyed the Lord. Yes, he tried to argue with God but don’t we all? But in finality he was obedient unto Him and that led to his following God. In about all God told him he obeyed. Moses, cast down thy rod. And Moses cast it down and it became a serpent. Moses, pick it up. Now I would have had a little trouble with that, but Moses picked it up and it became a rod again. All through this record God told Moses what to say and do in front of Pharaoh and Moses complied to it all. But sometimes even servants fail. Moses failed God as God told him to speak to the rock and in his anger toward the people he smote the rock again. In his anger Moses cast the tablets down and smashed them when he saw the camp given to idolatry. So even servants can sin but thank God there is forgiveness for those sins. Servants aren’t perfect but they just continue to go on and try, and not quit.

The next thing we see is that Moses stood for God. In Exodus 32 after he came down from the mountain with the tables of law in his hand he saw the camp worshipping the golden calf. He called out for those that were on the Lord’s side to come unto Him. This left no doubt whose side Moses was on; He was on God’s side. You can’t stand for God and walk with the world. You can’t stand for God and follow the worldly allurements. You can’t follow God and follow after the world at the same time. You are either on God’s side or on the world’s side, you must choose one or the other dear friend. If you want to be a servant of God you must stand for Him in spite of the hindrances.

Lastly, Moses was a servant of the Lord because he had a heart for the people. Hebrews 11:25 says “Choosing rather to suffer the afflictions with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season”. He chose to be with them even though he knew he would have to suffer. Why would he do that? They were in his heart. He constantly interceded with God for them. He prayed and was concerned for their wellbeing. He loved and wanted what was best for them regardless of the cost to himself. Paul had the same heart for his people as he said in Second Corinthians 12:15 “And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved”.

This is certainly not all it takes to be the servant of God but it is enough to get us started if we want to be servants of God. But the question is; do we? 

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