Jesus called them together and said, You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be firstand whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just asmust be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not comethe Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,to be served, but to serve, and to give his life asand to give his life as a ransom for many.a ransom for many. Matthew 20:25-28Matthew 20:25-28
1. We are called to serve1. We are called to serve I have given you an example that you should follow. John 13:15
2. We are gifted to serve2. We are gifted to serve Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10
We actually serve JesusWe actually serve Jesus We develop intimacy with JesusWe develop intimacy with Jesus We become more like JesusWe become more like Jesus We receive grace from JesusWe receive grace from Jesus 3. We are privileged to serve3. We are privileged to serve
1. Hiddenness – tasks that remain largely hidden 2. Small things – making things for people (Acts 9:39) 3. Guarding the reputation of others (Titus 3:2) 4. Being served – allowing others to serve us 5. Common courtesy – acknowledging worth 6. Hospitality – opening our homes (1 Peter 4:9) 7. Listening – have compassion and patience 8. Bearing the burdens of each other (Galatians 6:2) 9. Sharing the word of Life with another The service of…
Lets Get Practical List three things that you believe are someone else's responsibility to take care of in your home. How can you practically help them to accomplish these tasks?
4. Live out Matthew 25 Visit the Sick Visit the Prisoner Clothe the Naked Welcome the Stranger Feed the Hungry
Wednesday: The call to service – Matthew 20:20-28 Thursday: The sign of service – John 13:1-17 Friday: The challenge of service – 1 John 3:16-18 Saturday: The attitude of service – Colossians 3:23-25 Sunday: The practise of service – Rom 12:9-13 Monday: The reality of service – Matt 25:31-39 Tuesday: The model of service – Luke 10:29-37 5. A Week of devotional readings
Prayer of Commissioning Lord, save me from the misery of self centeredness and fit me for the outgoingness of service in your kingdom. I surrender to you today. I want to be available to be shaped and empowered and used by you for your kingdom purposes. I want to be a river of living water, a worker of signs and wonders, to reflect the brightness of Christ. Fill my heart with such love that it sings with strange and wild joy. Fill me with yourself that my life may flow in natural service to others. In the name of Jesus. Amen.