By Rebecca O'Connor
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For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Jesus was a servant who told us that to be greatest in heaven was to be a servant to all. This is a far cry from what the world tells us. “Sweetie, you deserve that new car.” “You deserve better than that.” This kind of serve is self-serve or self-service. But look at the first part, the “de” part:
De: meaning "down from, off, concerning." as in defrost, defuse, decaffeination.
So with this definition, deserve would be “off service” “down serve”. It is taking our service from God to de-serve. Making demands on what we deserve is communication made before the divorce, because “I deserve better”. It is a word used in communication before bankrupcy, because “I don’t care if I can afford it. I deserve it!”
So what do we really deserve? Salvation? No, we couldn’t deserve it or earn it. God gave it freely. Okay did we deserve to die in our sin? Yes, but here again God came as a man and served us salvation through His shed blood so we would not die in sin.
God showed us His manner of serving in order to teach us to serve. So let’s serve instead of de-serve.
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