Serve Christ by serving the weaker and the lost (3 Nov 2019)

bruised-reed-book“A bruised reed He will not break, and a faintly burning wick He will not quench ..” (Isaiah 42:3).

The Servant of the LORD came about 700 years after the words of prophecy. The Eternal Word took on the form of a human being so that He can serve the weak and the hopeless. He is the promised Saviour of the world. He is Jesus the Christ.

On a Sabbath day, He healed a man with a withered hand. But the religious leaders conspired against Him, and plotted to destroy Him. Jesus, aware of this, withdrew and continued to serve among the sick and weak. And many followed Him, and He healed them (Matthew 12:15-18).

This Jesus, the Only Righteous One, was
(1) pierced for our transgressions,
(2) crushed for our iniquities,
(3) crucified for the the sins of the whole world.
He knows
(1) our infirmities,
(2) our struggles with secret sins,
(3) our shortcomings in that we struggle to meet His highest standards of godliness and His demands for costly discipleship.

So after He was glorified He sent His Holy Spirit to indwell, to help, to comfort, to strengthen, to inspire, to protect, to empower each of us who believe in Jesus Christ. And He multiplies grace upon grace to help us pursue godliness and follow Him as His disciples.

The Servant of the LORD came to
(1) bind up the broken-hearted,
(2) seek and save the lost,
(3) intercede for all who believed in Him.
We imitate His ministry of mercy, compassion and love. We are energised by His indwelling Holy Spirit. Servants of Christ serve with humility and for His glory.

“Stronger and more mature” Christians ought to help the “weaker and less mature” ones. All can imitate Christ – do not look at one’s own interests but to the interests of others.

As His humble servants,
a) within the church
The “stronger” Christians ought to discipline themselves, but they need to be gentle with the weaker Christians. They are like fragile glassware – easily
damaged with least violent usage – but if gently handled will continue a long time” (Richard Sibbes).

“The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable”
(1 Cor 12:22).

Respond gently with the weaker persons, your wives, your children, your aged parents, aged

b) outside the church, in the world:
Pray in the Holy Spirit, listen to them, intercede for them to believe in God, who has revealed
Himself through Creation and Conscience, in the last days, through Christ.

Serve them in your workplace, while keeping ourselves untainted by sin. Have mercy on those who doubt, cast the life-line of salvation to them. Grow in the reverential fear of the Holy God so that we are motivated to persuade men to be reconciled to God through the Mediator, Jesus the Christ.

Elder Yoong Yuen Soo