Sunday, April 9, 2017

    The work of Christ has always been at odds with the world system designed by Satan. Satan has sought to counteract God's influence on people by providing alternatives that attract and entangle individuals. Once Satan's bait has been taken, he will provide illegitimate ways to satisfy legitimate appetites, thus entrapping people into a life of slavery to sin.

    God stresses the sanctity of the body with principles of modesty in dress. Satan's system has its fashion world with a totally different agenda. God originated the home as a union between a man and a woman. Satan's system has consistently attacked this institution through perversion. God's standard for success is centered in man's relationship and fellowship with His Creator while Satan projects success as the acquisition of the Creation.

    The list is endless and the contrast is apparent. Perhaps the most marked of all these differences is God's plan to lift men to a place of strength and then have them use their strength to serve Him and others. Satan's system will tear man down, destroy his capabilities and prevent him from thinking of others by focusing all energy and effort on self-gratification.

    Today we honor those who have discovered the true blessing of servant leadership. God's plan is amazing in that everyone profits from the life of a servant. The principle is to die to self and let Christ live in these mortal bodies as though He was on this earth. A selfless lifestyle will reveal Christ to a lost, selfish world. The contrast is so vivid that it cannot be overlooked. A true Christian is refreshing to a thirsty world and his presence demands a response.

    I am grateful for many people at Fairview who live for the Savior and for others. There is true joy in being a servant.