Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The doctrine of Election, Part 18. Servanthood.

Sunday, August 1, 2004

Point 9. The Blessings and Rewards Given to the Believer Who Fulfills His Election.

The sovereignty of God willed for you to be a winner but you can reject His will.

There is no excuse for being a loser, because you have equal privileges and equal opportunities under election and predestination.

Time provides the opportunity for the believer to attain God’s highest and best under election.

Under election, God wills the highest and best for you, but …you can refuse it.

1) The crown of righteousness.
2) The crown of life.
3) The incorruptible crown.
4) The crown of rejoicing.
5) The crown of glory.

Some will have the crown of righteousness for loving His appearing or being totally occupied with TLJC and producing divine good, 2TI 4:8.

Some will have the crown of life for enduring trials, heartaches, disasters and coming out glorifying the Lord,JAM 1:12, REV 2:10.

JAM 1:12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

REV 2:10 [Smynra] Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Some will have the incorruptible crown for mastering their O.S.N., 1CO 9:24-27.

Some will have the crown of rejoicing or exultation for being soul winners –
1TH 2:19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?

Some will have the crown of glory for being willing to feed the flock of God –
1PE 5:4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

REV 3:11 “I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, in order that no one take your crown.”

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can, in all the places you can,
at all the times you can, to all the people you can,
as long as you ever can.”

The world defines greatness in terms of power, possessions, prestige, and position.
TLJC measured greatness in terms of service, not status.

God determines greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you.

Even Christians want to be “servant-leaders” – not just plain servants.

Aspiring has to do with proper motivation whereas many times desire is motivated by the lust of the flesh, like approbation lust or power lust.

MAT 7:16 You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn {bushes,} nor figs from thistles, are they?

1. Real servants make themselves available to serve. Servants do not fill up their time with other pursuits that could limit their availability.

2. If you only serve when it is convenient for you, you are not a real servant. Real servants do what is needed, even when it is inconvenient.

3. Being a servant means giving up the right to control your schedule and allowing God to interrupt it whenever He desires to.

4. Servants see interruptions as divine appointments for the calling of God upon their life and are happy for the opportunity to practice serving.

GAL 6:10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

5. True servants do not make excuses, procrastinate, or wait for better circumstances.

If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done –
ECC 11:4 He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap.

6. God expects you to do what you can, with what you have, wherever you are.

7. Real servants do every task with equal dedication. Whatever they do, servants “do it with all their heart,”
COL 3:23.

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