Inner Life: Serving 2
Inner Life (#86)
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Serving 2 - Serving God vs. Serving the Temple

In Serving 2, we learn that one of God’s main purposes for salvation is so that we may serve Him with everything that we have, i.e. all of our families and resources. However, there are two types of serving: Serving God and Serving the Temple. Under the new covenant, we are able to serve God all of the time, anywhere we are, no matter what we are doing, because the Holy of Holies is inside of us. Our heart is focused on God Himself, rather than the ministry. Jesus wants us to fellowship with Him, to “sit at his feet” rather than being “worried and troubled about many things” (Luke 10:38-42). Also, there is such thing as serving our flesh. We must be careful that we don’t get carried away with ministry so much that our hunger for the Lord decreases or we become ‘too busy’ to draw near to Him. Therefore, it’s important to keep our eyes on the prize: to gain Christ. When we do, our hearts and motives are pure, seeking Him and not our own selfish gain.

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Serving 2 - Serving God vs. Serving the Temple (Part A)

Serving 2 - Serving God vs. Serving the Temple (Part B)

1. Exodus 8:1 (NIV)
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.'"
2. Ezekiel 44:15-16 (NIV)
But the Levitical priests, who are descendants of Zadok and who guarded my sanctuary when the Israelites went astray from me, are to come near to minister before me; they are to stand before me to offer sacrifices of fat and blood, declares the Sovereign Lord. They alone are to enter my sanctuary; they alone are to come near my table to minister before me and serve me as guards.
3. Luke 10:41 (NIV)
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
4. 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 (NIV)
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
5. Philippians 3:8 (ESV)
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.
6. John 12:26 (NIV)
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
7. 2 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.