Matthew 20:20-28

 

We follow those who have been faithful in Christ.

We must be faithful followers of Jesus so the next generation will be able to follow our example.

“Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful”

 

Happy Grandparents Day!

 

Your Grandparents have served you so serve them.

Let them know you love them – listen to them, learn your family history, learn about the world from their eyes.

Serve your grandparents and serve with your grandparents – life is multigenerational. All generations need to work side by side, especially in the Lord’s church.

 

 

Jesus came as a man, He came as a servant, He came to serve you.

 

Matthew 20:20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. 21  “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” 22  “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. 23  Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

 

Matthew 20:24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25  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. 26  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– 28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

Greatness in God’s Kingdom is measured differently than in the world.

In the world you are greatest when you can rule over people, tell them what to do.

In God’s Kingdom the greatest is the servant.  The one who meets the needs of others.

If we are going to be like Jesus, then we must serve others.

Will you be great?  Will you be a servant?

 

We call certain people heroes because they are great, because they are servants.

As we remember 9-11 today we remember servants. Fire and policemen running into the Twin Towers to get others out.  Let’s pray for these families.

 

2,606 Civilians and Rescue Personnel at the World Trade Center, 246 Airline passengers/crew, 125 People at the Pentagon, 19 Terrorists, Total 2,996

 

These heroes were acting like Jesus; they humbled themselves, they considered others more important. They sacrificed their safety for others.  They sacrificed to serve.

 

Are you a Christian? Are you like Christ?  You are like Jesus when you serve.

Who do you love enough to serve?

Jesus loved you, each one of us enough, to come and serve us.

 

Philippians 2:5  Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7  but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!

 

The creator of the universe became nothing; Jesus became a servant for you.

NO task was below Him. He came to serve His creation.  It sounds like a parent child relationship.  We create our child and then spend the rest of our life serving them.  We serve them in joy.

Jesus came and served us in His joy.

 

Jesus served because he loved us. We serve others because we love.  If you are not serving others, then you do not love others.

Does your wife ever feel hurt because you did not do the honey do list?

She felt unloved because you did not serve her.

Does your husband ever feel frustrated when you do not serve him?

He feels unloved because you are unwilling to spend time with him.

 

We can’t show love without serving

 

Jesus said the 2nd greatest command was to love your neighbor as yourself.

Serving your neighbor is loving your neighbor.  If you love you will serve.

 

Who do you love? Who are you serving?

Luke 16:13  “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”

 

GEORGE AND THE DRAGON

A poor vagabond, traveling a country road in England, tired and hungry, came to a roadside inn with a sign reading:  “George and the Dragon.”  He knocked.

The innkeeper’s wife stuck her head out a window.  “Could ye spare some victuals?” he asked.  The woman glanced at his shabby clothes and obviously poor condition.  “No!” she said rather sternly.

“Could I have a pint of ale?”  “No!” she said again.

“Could I at least sleep in your stable?”  “No!”  By this time, she was fairly shouting.

The vagabond said, “Might I please…?”  “What now?” the woman interrupted impatiently.

“D’ye suppose,” he asked, “I might have a word with George?”

 

Is it possible that people around you view you as a “dragon?” As Christians we want to be seen as a servant, not a dragon.

Being a servant is rare, even among Christians. It is time we change that.

 

Let’s be like the little girl who always had an extra pair of mittens.

 

A mother was cleaning out the pockets of her six-year-old’s winter coat, when she found a pair of mittens in each pocket. Thinking that one pair must not be enough to keep her hands warm, mom asked her why she was carrying two pairs of mittens in her coat. She replied, “I’ve been doing that for a long time, Mom. You see, some kids come to school without mittens and if I carry another pair, I can share with them and then their hands won’t get cold.”

 

Will you carry an extra pair of mittens – so you can serve others in the name of Jesus?

 

We know we should be more of a servant but we don’t actively look for ways to serve. We know we should so let’s just make a commitment and do it.  Ask God to help you be more of a servant and then look for the opportunities that God opens up for you.

Have you ever seen a homeless person or a person needing work at an exit?  Make a bag of things you could give to the next person you see who needs some encouragement.  Love them, serve them in a simple way; but you have to make a plan.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up? What did your parents want you to be?

Parents what do you want you kids to be?

What does Jesus want us to grow up to be?

 

Ephesians 4:12  to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13  until we all… become mature

 

Jesus wants us to be a servant.

 

Is being a servant your goal in life?

The book I am reading that has given me this series has a 90 Challenge.

As Dustin would ask, what are you doing with the last quarter of this year?

The 90 Service Challenge ask every Christian to commit to serving God for 2 hours every week for the next 13 weeks.

Will you take that challenge?  Make it a family commitment – 2 hours a week your family can serve others for the glory of God.   If 50 families served 2 hours a week together that would be about 3,900 man hours of service between now and the end of the year – wow.

Think how much could get done.

In January I asked us to tithe our time – at least 2 hours per day dedicated to God in service, in prayer, in Bible Study. How have you done?  Can we make a commitment to reorganize our life so we are dedicated to God?

 

Luke 9:23  Then he (Jesus) said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. 25  What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?”

 

We gain nothing running the rat race of life and have no time for Jesus. If you want to be saved you must lose your life in Christ.  That means you must deny yourself and take up Jesus’ cross.  We must become a servant, an intentional servant.  So we can describe ourselves like Paul in his letters.

“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ.”   Jim, a servant of Jesus Christ.   (You)______, a servant of Jesus Christ.

 

Where and how can you serve?

Have the attitude of service – look for ways to serve others.

Pick up after yourself, others – trash on the floor, cups sitting around.

Turn off the lights at the church building, lock the doors, pick up the toys in the gym

See trash and pick it up outside, see it clean it. Pick some weeds.

That is around here – This is your building, your hard earn money given to the Lord built this place help keep it clean and nice.  It is not someone else’s job, it your house too.

 

How can we serve others?

Help the elderly / Drive them to the doctor / Visit / Call / Pray for / Make a meal / Mow grass /

Babysit for a stressed out mom / visit a Nursing home / Write cards

Jody is back in prison – write letters

 

Volunteer at a soup kitchen, Pregnancy Care Center, Nursing Home Facilities, Afterschool programs, An Animal Shelter, town Park – Pick up litter, clear out paths, and remove weeds

 

There are plenty of ways to serve if we want to.

Service handout sheet – here are many things that need done for the Lord’s church.

Fill this out and as the Deacons get in place these areas will become more organized.

Many hands make light work.

 

Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33  He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34  “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35  For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36  I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37  “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40  “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

 

When you serve others you are serving Jesus.

 

If you are not serving and meeting the needs of others you will not hear,

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”

 

Commit to be like your Lord and Savior.

Be a servant today.

 

Sing – My Jesus, I Love Thee

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