FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – The Honorable Coby Shorter III, deputy secretary of state for Texas, challenged students and faculty of Southwestern Seminary to embrace the demands of service during a chapel message, Feb. 21. Shorter, who also serves as pastor of Rosewood Baptist Church in Austin as well as Providence Church in Eagle Lake, Texas, delivered his sermon from Luke 5:27-28.

“I believe that one of the reasons people are ineffective as servants is that they confuse service with something else,” said Shorter. “Many think just because they know of God that they are servants.”

Shorter noted that in order to serve Jesus effectively, Christians must sever their lives from comforts, seize their calling and surrender to Christ’s control.

“If you want to be a servant of God,” Shorter said, “it’s probably going to cost you more than you think you can give, but in the end you’re going to end up with more than you ever thought you could have. …

“You gotta be willing sometimes to go to places that you never thought God would send you. … But wherever He sends you, wherever He puts you, accept what God allows.”

Shorter described how Jesus’ simple call, “Follow Me,” to a tax collector named Matthew had profound implications for his life. Yet Matthew laid down his comforts, leaving his worldly riches, and surrendered his life to Christ.

In his conclusion, Shorter described Jesus’ premier example of servanthood as He set aside the riches of heaven, seized His calling as the Messiah and surrendered to the will of His Father.

“On the hill called Calvary, He surrendered control—‘Into your hands I commit my spirit; —and He died!” Shorter proclaimed. “But the goodness of it is that He didn’t just die. … Early Sunday morning, He got up and arose.”