True servants surrender, obey and persist.
In the Old Testament material blessings were given because God loved His people, not because they deserved them. He withdrew blessings from those who used them foolishly and transferred them to faithful stewards. God’s view of success is different from the world. James 4:3 says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” Faithful stewards share 3 common characteristics: surrender, obedience, and persistence. Every successful servant of the Lord accepts and surrenders to God’s Lordship. A successful servant obeys God’s Word and willingly stewards material resources. R.G. LeTourneau is an example of one who glorified God in their giving. A successful servant persists. He doesn’t give up in the face of problems.
Too often Christians aren’t prepared for hardship. God’s people must be strong and encourage one another through trials. When a true believer understands God’s will for his life, nothing and no one can shake them. This is evident in the lives of every servant ever used by God. In Acts 21 believers begged Paul not go up to Jerusalem. He answered them saying, ‘”Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I’m ready not only to be bound, but to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, his friends gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”‘ (Acts 21:13-14) Do you desire to be a successful servant? Then surrender, obey and persist!
Now I invite you to join us at Crown’s 2023 Reunion. We plan to gather October 12-15 at Ridgecrest Conference Center near beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. For more details and registration, go to crown.org/reunion.