You Want to Win, Christian? Serve With Excellence!

Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve. And God was pleased with His service, and raised Him up to be the lawful King of all, the true King of Kings.

Those who serve and take responsibility, gain authority and power.

This is very rare in socialist/communist societies: there, the Head of the Party leads, and everyone else starves. But great servants becoming wealthy and influential in their local community is a common occurrence in capitalist, free market cultures.

An extract on service is below: I have underlined and bolded two key sentences below.

These are two forms of market competition: quality and price. Quality competition is appropriate when selling to wealthy people or people with authority. Price competition is appropriate when selling to the rest of humanity.

1. Quality Competition

The great master of quality competition in the Bible was Joseph. “Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. He was there in the prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed covenant faithfulness to him. He gave him favor in the sight of the prison warden. The prison warden gave into Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever they did there, Joseph was in charge of it. The prison warden did not worry about anything that was in his hand, because the Lord was with him. Whatever he did, the Lord prospered” (Exodus 39:20–23).

His life best illustrates Jesus’ principle of dominion through service. God requires His people to seek increased responsibility. This is the strategy of dominion. God has a program that enables His people to gain more authority in history. This program requires His people to provide improved service to buyers. They must learn to be better performers than the competition. They must distinguish themselves as suppliers of desirable goods and services. This is especially important for covenant-keepers who are in a minority condition either socially or economically. This is how they pull themselves out of poverty and social inferiority. They pull themselves out by being lifted up by people who are richer and better connected socially. These people do not do this as a favor. They do it with their money. They pay economic and social outsiders for superior service.

There are two ways to provide improved service. One way is to cut prices. You provide the same quality of service for a reduced price. The other way is to improve service at the same price. Both ways provide additional benefits to the buyer. This makes repeat business more likely. Over time, the person who supplies superior service gains the confidence of the person buying the service. The person buying the service steadily transfers greater responsibility, meaning greater authority, to the person who is supplying superior service.

Christian Economics, Scholar’s Edition. in Chapter 21: Competition. by Gary North

Superior service. Day after day, year after year. To good masters, and to bad ones.

This focus brought results for Joseph… and for the Jews… and for the Puritans… and it is going to work for today’s Christians, too!.

God’s law has not changed, nor His promises, nor has His hand grown short.

Read the whole chapter.

Then apply it.

If you apply it, it is very likely that within three years, your status will improve. (If not, there is probably some hidden sin that needs to be rebuked.)

And when you are put in a good place, remember…

Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18, English Standard Version

…that it is the LORD, He alone, who has brought you up!

Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.

Psalm 112:3, English Standard Version

THAT is what God will give, to those who obey Him and hold fast to His Commandments.

Let’s expand on that verse….

The Righteous Will Never Be Moved

[a] Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
    who greatly delights in his commandments!
His offspring will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
    he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
    who conducts his affairs with justice.
For the righteous will never be moved;
    he will be remembered forever.
He is not afraid of bad news;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steady;[b] he will not be afraid,
    until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
    his righteousness endures forever;
    his horn is exalted in honor.
10 The wicked man sees it and is angry;
    he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
    the desire of the wicked will perish!

Psalm 112, English Standard Version

Amen, and Amen.

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