Are you a waiter, waitress, are you one who serves? Or, do you prefer to be served? When it comes to living the life of a victor, then the life of the waiter is really the one you want to live. How is that you serve yet live in victory? For many waiters and waitresses live in poverty, do they not? Well, we must examine what it is to live the life of the waiter as a follower of Christ.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.. King James Version (KJV)
Here, the word, wait, has the meaning of to linger, to look eagerly to, or to collect and bind together. So we as a waiter must spend our time looking eagerly for our service. Who we serve, Jesus our Lord, of course. In lingering we delay anything that we may desire to do for ourselves and only seek to serve. Notice too, that the word has a meaning of collecting and binding together, what are we collecting, what we as waiters binding together? Just as a skilled server gathers a collection of requests and then forms it into a binding contract with the kitchen to produce the desire meals, we form a collection of the desires of God, bind them together upon our hearts so we produce His desires within our beings.
If you examine the steps that the server must complete to give excellent service we can readily see that these are the same steps we must complete in order to serve the Lord.
1) Greet the table.
A good server will greet the table within two minutes of the guest arriving, introducing one’s self, setting the guest at ease, communing with them so that they know that they have a friend that desires only to get them what they desire.
So too, as we serve the Lord, we greet Him, He awaits our service, so we come to Him upon His throne through greeting Him in prayer. Prayer is simply communion, greeting the Lord, how are we know His desires if we have no communion with Him? I want to know what He wants and then I will seek it out, bind it together and then deliver right to where He is at.
A waiter does not approach a table sheepishly, but boldly, this gives the guest he feeling that this person has authority and my desire will be granted because they know exactly how to fulfill my request. So we must approach the throne of God boldly, knowing this is the place where we will garner our instructions. There is no need to worry, we are there simply to gather, collect our instructions, obtain what we may need to fulfill those instructions. Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. King James Version (KJV)
2) Take the order.
Not as easy as it may appear, only a seasoned, well informed, skilled server can do the job exactly right, but exactly right is what gets the guest very content and happy. Taking the order is a beverage service, appetizers, soups, salads,, entrees with extras, substitution’s, special cooking instructions, allergy concerns, condiment selections and so much more, and that is before dessert is offered. All this only accomplished through the method of communication. There is no short cut, no more perfect way than a server who is completely informed on all the restaurant has to offer. As the guest has been served with excellence, the result is a happy server when the diner has completed their visit.
Waiting on the Lord is no different, He has given us His word so we may know exactly what he desires. He requires us to serve Him by fulfilling His word within others. Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (KJV) Service means knowing the Word, being skilled in it and doing exactly what it instructs us to do, from it. This is His desire, this is his method of taking the order.
Sure, it requires skill and knowledge, but we are so trained in this service. Our training can be found in Matthew 6 a scripture that we know as the Lord’s Prayer. Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (KJV)
The first line reveals that we are in service training, here is how to pray, do not change it, a simple but the effectual education.
First, to whom, our Father. Father, loving, caring, provider, the one who cares the very most for us regardless the path we have chosen. Galatians 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (KJV) That word “Abba” means Daddy, showing the love relationship of the Father with us. The best way to define the love the Father has for us is within the order He has given us, what He would have us serve Him as His waiter. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth. (KJV) Look, however, at the same passage in Kenneth Wuest Transaltion, Love meekly and patiently bears ill treatment from others. Love is kind, gentle, benign, pervading and penetrating the whole nature, mellowing all which would have been harsh and austere; is not envious. Love does not brag, nor does it show itself off, is not ostentatious, does not have an inflated ego, does not act unbecomingly, does not seek after the things which are its own, is not irritated, provoked, exasperated, aroused to anger, does not take into account the evil [which it suffers], does not rejoice at the iniquity but rejoices with the truth, endures all things, believes all things, hopes all things, bears up under all things, not losing heart nor courage. Love never fails.
Learning this style of living, following it as our order taking Christ as our example, we can face every circumstance, challenge, trial that is sent our way. We defeat secondary and primary evil as the enemy is defeated by love as seen in the Christ. We fulfill the remainder of the Lords prayer orders by operating in this unfailing Love of God.
3) Deliver the order.
The server delivers the order exactly how it was placed. The customer is only happy when they receive what they have ordered in the fashion they ordered it. Serving the customer following the rules of Etiquette. Doing what is right, because it’s right then doing it right is the finest (actually the only) way to provide excellence in serving. So too we need to deliver the order placed by the Lord in the same fashion. Once again the order is the Love walk, so delivering on it produces actions that set people free. When couples with the other two great forces of the Spirit, we operate in a trio of power. 1 Corinthians 13:1313 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
No server can deliver an order without the assistance of others, chef, bus person, hostess, etc. So too we deliver on the Lords order by making use of these other actions, faith, hope and love are way beyond emotions they power actions that bring to us the results we require to serve.
Faith fixes on what will happen, on the promises the Word God has poured out upon our hearts. It knows what is settled within the heart and cannot be put aside or tread under. Faith keeps focus upon the promise, it is the Word of God and in that (in all things) God cannot lie. In fact, scripture tells us it is impossible for God to lie, why, (Hebrews 6:18) because every word He speaks takes place, Genesis 1, “God said and it was so.” Faith is God revealed in the circumstance, when that revelation is settled and no longer can be argued by mind or doubt then hope can have her work.
Hope is the fuel of faith. Not a sweet by an by attitude, or a someday soon happenstance by rather an accurate vision of what faith has installed within. Hope dissuades and crushes doubt with assurance, providing the absolute in the knowing the completion of the desire of faith. What is the desire of faith, love of course.
When combined the mystery of the “will of God” is revealed. Seeded by faith, sealed in hope and fueled by love, then the will of God is complete. No agony, no confusion, no guessing as to what His will may be. Where ever faith, hope and love be found, then this is the will of God and eternally it is settled.
We deliver these we deliver with excellence. Nothing may withstand the order of God when is energized by these three graces of God. Combine faith, hope and love and we have the Grace of God. We hear much on the consolation of the soul, we live in that realm, our soul is only consoled by the touch of Grace. Therefore delivering upon Gods Word we bring comfort to the needy soul. Fear should find no place within our heart and as the need arises we must boldly face it head on declaring the Word over the need knowing that the grace of God covers all. 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (KJV) Grace always brings God into the situation, circumstance or challenge, we must then appreciate, and employ, and apply, this heavenly standard. This is delivering the order placed by God.
4) Check Back
A waiter always checks with the table on the quality of the meal and service within two minutes of service. Being sure that the order was delivered to the customers’ standards. Not content when quizzing the customer upon the quality of the food with just a an “ok” but seeking a comment of excellence. Nothing less satisfies the server, all must be great, or, other action is called for.
Our service to the Lord also requires us to check back with Him as well. How is His plan for our life working out, do we need to change slightly in the direction, what is He speaking to our hearts, are we listening. Our walk, is not without challenge, for we have an enemy that will try to circumvent what God has in store. Regardless Grace has infused us, we have heard from God, His order given and He is on our side in fulfilling His will, so the enemy has lost and his efforts are for naught as Christ cannot be separated from our heart or from the plan of God. Checking back with Him keeps the plan of God fresh and exciting for us.
Checking back is accomplished through constantly staying in the Word, praying unceasingly both in your understanding in the spirit. You raise up fresh, new, ready to face the world and have the victory against every foe and antagonist. Isaiah 28:10-12 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing. (KIV)
We check back to assure ourselves that we are walking that grace regardless of the lies our eyes and other senses tell us. We check back to get clear instructions, for our walk, we check back so we may be comforted in the midst of gaining our victory. Thus we stay focused in our serving.
Romans 8:28-39 And we know we absolute knowledge that for those who are loving God, all things are working together resulting in good, for those who are divinely summoned ones according to His purpose. Because those whom He foreordained He also marked out beforehand as those who were to be conformed to the derived image of His Son, with the result that He is the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, those whom He thus marked out beforehand, these He also summoned. And those whom He summoned, these He also justified. Moreover, those whom He justified, these also He glorified. What shall we say to these things? In view of the fact that God is on our behalf, who could be against us? : Indeed, He whom His own Son did spare, but on behalf of us all delivered Him up, how is it possible that He shall not with Him in grace give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? God the one who justifies? Who is the that condemns? Christ Jesus, the One who died, yes, rather, who has been raised, who is on the right hand of God, who also is constantly interceding on our behalf? Who shall separate us from the Love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? Even as it stands written, For your sake we are being put to death all the day long. We were accounted as destined for slaughter. But in these things, all of them, we are coming off constantly with more than the victory through the One who loved us. For I have come through a process of persuasion to the settled conclusion that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things about to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Kenneth Wuest Version.
5) Clear the dishes.
Once everyone has finished their meal, then the serve clears all messy dishes, cutlery, glasses dirty napkins, etc. Leaving a new clean, fresh space so the guest can continue to enjoy their fellowship with one another. It is a messy job and it must be done. Some servers, leave it until the customer has departed, this results in unhappy guests who show their displeasure by lessening the tip they leave for that server. A good waiter knows that TIP is an acronym for “to insure promptness” and that promptness means clearing the dishes from all the guests when they have completed, not until they have finished, nor once they have departed but at the right moment. Then the server gets the tip, obtains the prize, receives the wages due them. Cleaning the mess is just part of the job.
As God’s waiter we have to clear up some messes as well. We foolish to think there is no enemy out there and that his intent is not to bring destruction upon us. No battle is without some kind of mess left behind, but our job is to keep a clear place so that the mess does not hinder us from completing the work we have been sent forth to do. We saw in Romans 8 above that there are enemies that want destruction as our reward, but we cannot be dissuaded by what another wants. We must stay focused on what God wants and the prize that lies in wait for us as good and faithful servers. Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. (KJV)
The mess, may be to correct ourselves, but it will certainly be going forth and destroying the work’s of Satan regardless how he appears. Mark 16:17-20 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Notice that you are not alone in he cleaning process, God is right there working with you hand in hand confirming His word with the results. So then it important part of cleaning up is to simply speak the word of God and he will validate it with the required action and result.
6) Offer dessert.
At the end of every meal, it is customary to offer something sweet, and who does love a treat time to time. The waiter will instruct the guest in what they may have and then serve a memory making dessert, for it is this last part of the meal that will seal the experience for the guest, poor dessert poor entire meal, great dessert, great entire meal.
Sure the preceding course may have faults, but if the dessert has the Wow factor, then the entire meal becomes one the guest favorably approves. The guest leaves happy and the server has the just reward. The end is always sweet.
Our dessert offering to the Lord must be the walk of faith, seeking after who He is and how we may please Him, Hebrews 11:6 Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Must believe that He is, is what? He is the I AM, whatever the need, the requirement, the circumstance or challenge He is the one who can and does answer it. I AM all you need, all you will ever need. Exodus 3:14 (And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. KJV) Like Moses, when we face harsh and hard circumstances we have the I Am to cling to and rejoice with, how sweet it is to see God moving on our behalf. He is all sufficient, more than enough, so that your need is met and any other you come in contact with also has their need met through you, how sweet it is for God. I AM that I AM, always the same, never changing, always in love, He remains forever, what He says He is and will always be what He has declared Himself to be, and that is the Father.
We must learn to begin and end everything with the Lord, for His unchangeable ways bring to us the completion of faith, hope and love. Grace is the taste of His sweetness, from beginning to ending it is God whom we should seek and listen to. Serving always the great I AM. Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (KJV)
7) Present the check.
Every good thing has a price and it is the waiters duty to be sure to collect that price and the remit it to the restaurant owner. If all went well this is never a problem and the end is where the greatest reward awaits the server, that tip. There should never be a hesitation in presenting that guest check nor in asking for the money to pay. The transaction is complete, now you rest in the generosity of guest. The waiter side aside all personal things and gave entirely of self to make someone else happy for those moments.
We must look to at who picked up our check for us. We are free only because of the price Christ paid on the Cross for us. All done, we walk free. You are loved so much that there could be one price to be paid that would ensure your life and peace, that price paid for upon the Cross. John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV) How much are you loved, it cannot be numbered, for if you were the only one to accept this price of the Coss then for you only would have God and Christ done the same work, you are the favorite one of God. The price is paid, the work complete, perfection is finished and it is you. The final Words upon the Cross that Jesus uttered were “it is finished” what was finished? The perfecting of you, the highest price paid, now you are free to be. Be what, whatever you choose, so choose life, choose to be a waiter in the service of the King.
So who makes a good waiter of God? Psalm 15:1-5 Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. 4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. 5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved. We serve by living where God lives, the great thing is, He lives in us. We are the living tabernacle, we are the holy place, that Lord resides within. So to qualify to serve, to train, to walk with the in the holy place we find so character traits that makes one skillful and brings the reward.
A) Uprightly or is blameless, who can do this? None, but for Christ, The old person no longer is, the new person in Christ can be found blameless for Jesus took all your guilt and sin and nailed upon the Cross. His blood covers all faults, all blame. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)
B) Works righteousness, does the right thing always.
C) Speaks truth, no lie found within.
D) Does not gossip.
E) Is a peace maker.
F) Judges the guilty and the innocent, fairly.
G) Never goes back on his word even if it is not in his favor.
H) Is a giver, holds to an honest form of business.
This is the person God will make of the server who truly seeks Him out. Paul gives a similar list of qualifications for the server in Titus. Titus 1:7-10 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. (KJV)
We have been given examples of such waiters, who were also mighty men of God.
Acts 6:1‑6 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve, called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. (KJV)
The present day ministry of the seven servants is the ministry of the body of Christ.
First, notice that the apostles were faced with a situation that brought division among the body. However, instead of stopping to deal with the situation on their own they choose a wiser course, to appoint certain others over the distribution, to serve, allowing the apostles to continue to study the word and to be given to prayer.
If the body is going to accomplish that which God has in store for them, they must become servers in the work, taking what the leaders of the church offer as opportunity of ministry, then serving others under the pastoral direction.
This becomes evident upon examination of the men chosen BY THE PEOPLE, an important point, in order for ministry operate smoothly and effectively it must have corporate approval of the people, people involved in that ministry. If not, it will only experience division and conflict. However, with this approval it will grow through unity of focus with the intention that the Lord has set for it and accomplish the goal of the church, that of meeting the needs of the people. So let us take a look at these chosen servants.
STEPHEN: means crowned, or surrounded with honor.
- In the NT always refers to having a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honor, and glory.
- Magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, grace, majesty
- A thing belonging to God
- The kingly majesty which belongs to Him as supreme ruler, majesty in the sense of the absolute perfection of the deity
- a thing belonging to Christ
- The kingly majesty of the Messiah, the absolutely perfect inward or personal excellency of Christ; the majesty
- That condition with God the Father in heaven to which Christ was raised after He had achieved his work on earth
- The glorious condition of blessedness into which is appointed and promised that true Christians shall enter after their Saviour’s return from heaven
- Honor must be the first focus of ministry, doing what one does to bring honor not to one’s self but rather to the Lord Jesus Christ. Should one preform anything without this intent, they are merely performing the works.
Notice that above all the others Stephen is given certain approvals of God as being full of faith and the Holy Ghost. Honor requires faith, in order to be pleasing to God, we must live a life of faith, faith honors God. Once faith has been given its full operation, then the Holy Spirit performs all the works that faith has directed, coupled together. God receives the greater of all honors for He becomes confident that the man whom His Spirit is moving through will return such honor to the Lord most freely.
PHILIP: lover of horses.
What does a lover of horses have to do with ministry. Well, it is perceived in two ways. A lover of horses is a lover of travel, Philip was in a mobile ministry, he became a great evangelist and in his day the mode of transportation was the horse. So we may gather that what is done within ministry is not to be restricted to the ones within the local body, but rather the local body must reach out beyond and begin to gather in all others to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
A lover of horses also speaks to us of the nobility, since the domestication of the horse it has always been considered as a Nobel animal. Philip is known for his translation to the Nobel of Ethiopia. C|F Acts 8:5-8, 26-40. We must never allow the position of a person to deter us from ministry, for there is nobility in ministry,it is the saving grace of Jesus Christ to those who hold the highest portions. Every person who enters the kingdom of God is elevated to the position of nobility.
The leader of the chorus.
The ministry is not something any one may do with him or herself, it takes a unification of many talents to accomplish exactly what the Lord would have done in the lives of those receiving ministry. Once they know their part in the service to the King then they must willingly follow the leader of the congregation in a sweet chorus of praise to God.
A chorus is a group of actors performing a play in harmony, every group has a director to keep that harmony, so then this group was a group of servers performing in harmony to meet the needs of the people. This is a majestic form of ministry.
Ministry requires the ability to conquer, not people, but the enemy. Should trouble arise it is usually found there by and through strife or pride. These are spirits, seeded into the souls of people from the enemy. The enemy therefore requires conquering.
Often the people need someone to emulate, and when a conqueror is required, then that person should be flowing completely in line with the Spirit of God and by faith.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (KJV)
This is a man who has chosen the lifestyle of honor. He is dependable, reliable, responsible, constant, faithful and loyal.
No ministry can ever be successful without people who possess these traits. People expect the Pastor to be a person of such traits, then they too must be given over to the same. What one demands from their Pastor they must be willing to live themselves.
Every servant ever promoted, serves in a position higher than that which they believe they are called they then must be the constant possessor of that which is honorable.
DOING THAT WHICH IS RIGHT, BECAUSE IT IS RIGHT. THEN DOING IT RIGHT. This is honorable.
The servant of the Lord must be one who has learned to abide in Jesus Christ, thus when placed before the people, or faced with a need of the people they can fully and completely meet it, for they know that they are abiding within the power to get results, that power is called the anointing of the Lord.
Kenneth Wuest says that abiding means being at home in, or maintaining a living communion in, and he translated it as such in his translation of the New Testament.
Wuest version of John 15:1-8
I, in contradistinction to anyone else, am the vine, the genuine vine, and my Father is the tiller of the soil. Every branch in me not bearing fruit He takes away. And every branch bearing fruit, He cleanses it in order that it may keep bearing more fruit. As for you, already you are the cleansed ones because of the word which I have spoken to you. Maintain a living communion with me, and I with you. Just as the branch is unable to be bearing fruit from itself as a source unless it remains in a living union with the vine, so neither you, unless you maintain a living communion with me. As for myself, I am the vine. As for you, you are the branches. He maintains a living communion with me and I with him, this one is bearing much fruit, because apart from me you are able to be doing anything. If anyone is not maintaining a living communion with me he was thrown outside as the branch is and was caused to wither. And they gather them and into the fire they throw them, and they are burned. If you maintain a living communion with me and my words are at home in you, I command you to ask, at once, something for yourself, whatever your heart desires, and it will become yours. In this my Father is glorified, namely, that you are bearing much fruit.
“Maintain a living communion” how important this is, communing, an association so alive that is infused with the very essence of Christ. A communion so alive that nothing can withstand the presence of the Holy One and that the Holy One abides within you. As you are faced with circumstances that are beyond your control you need not fall back or not confront them for you are living within the power of the universe to resolve them. Speak His Word and the desired result takes place, healing are manifest, needs are met, lives are changed, the living communion brings the results. It, however, is contingent upon our maintaining our communion, we all we can to uphold, preserve and sustain our living union with the Father, and that union infused by Christ and His Spirit. This then provides for us the results desired.
Yet, even then, the results desire of become the correct ones, no foolish, empty and vain words are offered up as a prayer, our living communion insures that we pray accurately, that we speak respectfully and with authority. Causing the perfectly form answer to manifest.
He is our life force (the vine) we cannot have anything, not have any effect or affect if we find that we are not drawing our essence from Him, we are of His making, for a vine will only grow that which it is. Kiwis grow on vines, so do grapes, but you will only harvest that which is planted, so plant Jesus into what you want to grow to see the result. Plant healing Words of Christ into sickness, abundance in poverty, deliverance into demonic oppression and so on. Your harvest will then be that desired result, for you have that living communion.
Every Christian seeks to please God, yet here is the key to do so. Show results, bear “much” fruit, be that living force of life that is gained by maintaining communion with Christ, a living communion.
Victor of people.
Not a victor over the people, but rather of the people. Serving today still requires one who is a hero of the people. A true hero, someone who would give their life for you, someone you can fully trust with everything you have. Someone who has a covenant relationship with you.
That person is not placed high on a pestle, but is such an example of the Lord Jesus that you can fully trust all to him.
We wait upon the Lord, we are waiters of the Lord. Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)