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How to Honor the King


A tremendous contrast exists between what the Word teaches and what the world promotes. Our culture values power, leadership, and ambition, but for the Christian, serving God is our highest honor. Sometimes people mistakenly think that only those involved in official church work are God’s servants, but every believer is called to serve the Lord. There are no unimportant positions in the kingdom of God. The type of service may change with seasons of life, but we’re always on duty for Him. To accomplish His purposes, the Lord uses whatever skills and gifts we have. What an awesome privilege it is to be part of God’s work on earth. He doesn’t need our help, but He has chosen to incorporate our contributions into His master plan. Though we can do nothing without His enablement, He is honored by our service.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, August 5, 2021.

Raised Up

“Raised you up” refers to bringing forward or lifting up and was often used to describe the rise of leaders and countries to positions of prominence (see Habakkuk 1:6 and Zechariah 11:16). Paul is using Pharaoh as the context, however it is applicable to any, that although a leader or nation may think that their position and actions are of their own free choice to accomplish their own purposes, in reality they are serving God’s purposes.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 9:17.

Service Provides Spiritual Growth

Serving others is one tool the Lord uses to free us of selfishness.

Look for opportunities today to serve someone, and take your place alongside Christ, who was the ultimate servant of all.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, November 24, 2020.

Spend Yourself

Galatians 6;10

When is that opportunity?  Paul’s point is that the believer’s entire life provides the unique privilege by which one may serve others in Christ’s name.  In addition, our love for fellow Christians is the primary test of our love for God.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Galatians 6:10.

Freedom: Proper Perspective

Galatians 5;13

The freedom Christians have is not a base from which they can sin freely and without consequence.  Christian freedom is not for selfish fulfillment, but for serving others.

This does not mean God has abrogated His moral law (Romans 3:21).  We are indeed under grace (Romans 6:14), but the Lord also guides and teaches us in the behavior He expects, by giving us His words and Spirit as that guide.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Galatians 5:13, Romans 6:14.