Sunday Evening Service

Summary

Joshua, one of the greatest military leaders in the world, got his training by watching God’s former leader Moses. When Moses died, God chose Joshua as his successor. Joshua was familiar with Moses’ servant leadership style. Joshua did not go to school to get trained; he learned from the best.

Moses was a tremendous leader, caring for millions of Jews in the wilderness. God’s description of Moses was not of a great leader or a great orator, but rather “my servant.” The simple term “preacher” is more pleasant than “doctor.”

God is looking for a few good servants. Leaders are not independent agents; they are followers of a cause, and others follow them. In the Bible, the term “master” has more of a meaning of “boss” rather than “owner.”

A servant must be obedient. They are to do things according to what their masters want, not what they themselves want.

A servant may be rewarded. Faithful servants get more responsibility.

A servant can be discharged. Disobedient servants may be fired.

A servant cannot serve two masters. Money should not be the end product. We need more God, not more money.

A servant should not strive. This is not pacifism, just not unnecessary fighting.

In the Bible, a “servant” is an exalted position. All Christians are servants of God, and we all need to cultivate a servant’s heart. As Christians, we serve God, and we are to treat our employers (masters) as though they were Christ. We have the options to serve God or serve sin with our bodies and choices.

Christians have a future position of service to God in Heaven. Our life here on earth is preparing us for our eternal life. We need to follow God with our lives. Don’t just endure the Christian life; enjoy it!