Serving the Lord with Gladness

  • Luke 1:6 – Zechariah and Elizabeth
  • Luke 1:38 – Mary
  • Matthew 1, 2 – Joseph – every time God spoke Joseph obeyed swiftly
  • Luke 2 – Simeon & Anna – servants at heart
  • Luke – Shepherds – Wisemen

Sermon Text: Psalm 100 – God wants us to be faithful servants but he also wants us to be glad while we serve him!

Gladness, joy, thanksgiving and singing are definitely part of a life of service.

Deuteronomy 30:10-20 – We all choose who we will serve.

Joshua 24:15 – Joshua realized that he was moving on. He saw the choice that his people had before them. Who would they choose?

Romans 6:16-20 – Paul is making it clear, we will be servants to either sin or righteousness. It is a choice that is before us.

Matthew 12:30 – Jesus is saying that we are either scattering or helping… there is no in between.

Self, sin and Satan are all the same thing. The Lord God is the only other choice.

John 18:36, Mark 9:35 – A leader must be a servant, that is how it works in the kingdom of God.

Daniel 3:28 – These men were willing to die rather than worship any god besides the God they knew.

1 Samuel 3:10 – If we are going to be children of God we must be yielded.

Isaiah 6:8 – Here am I, send me.

Acts 9 – “Lord, what would you have me to do?”

Luke 5:8 – Peter knew all there was to know about fishing. Peter knew that it made no sense to try again… but it wasn’t just any carpenter… this was Jesus. He threw the net because Jesus asked him to.

Luke 22 – Jesus in the garden, knowing how much pain would be coming his way prayed “not my will, but thine be done.”

Psalm 19:9 – The keeping of the commandments of the Lord promises great reward. Obedience, a characteristic of a surrendered servant.

Hebrews 9 – To have our consciences purged by the blood of Christ.

Romans 12 – A transformed mind.

David understood that the mind was important, having a willing mind and perfect heart was important.

Philippians 2 – Being a servant means having a mind that is like that of Jesus. It will cause us to shine like “stars in the universe.”

Can being a servant really be done with joy? Looking at these characters that we’ve mentioned this morning it is clear that yes, we can have joy and serve others and Christ at the same time.

Matthew 25 – You’ve been faithful… enter into the joy of the Lord.