Greatness Comes from Serving Others

1.3  Learning to Be a Servant of God;    O – ObservationThrough the example of Jesus, we should not expect others to serve us, in the sense that we are always receiving and never giving.  There are some cultures in our society that expect others to take care of them, ask for hand-outs instead of working, if we are physically and mentally able to care for ourselves and help others then we should.  Even with limitations, we should still serve as we are able.   A good example is my brother who was born with cerebral palsy. Paralyzed on his left side, challenged by a speech impediment, balance, and developmentally delayed; he has the spirit of a servant.  He tries his best to help those who are both able and less able than he. If the simplest things like pushing someone in a wheelchair, even though his left hand doesn’t open completely, he will try to push the other person who has no use of their feet. I can and still learn much from my brother.

S – Scripture:  Read from: Experiencing God – Unit 1 – Day 3

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – 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.” Matt 20:26-28

A – Application:

I can apply this scripture to my life by thinking first how can I help others before I can think what’s in it for me.  There is always a way to give back. When someone wants to bless me by doing things or giving me something, I can receive it by God’s grace and blessing and if the person has no “needs”, I can share a blessing to another person. Service doesn’t need to be to the same person who blesses you, we are all to share our gifts and talents with one another and then give to those who maybe in need of what we have or can do for them.

P – Prayer:

Father thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for giving us your Son who died on the cross for our sins. Thank you for Jesus, who with a servant’s attitude, came to serve us, your children, and to give us the ultimate gift. In Jesus name, amen.

Date: 22 March 2010

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Deny Yourself

Today’s Date:  January 25, 2010

Deny Yourself

Reading: Gen 50 to Exodus 2:10, Matt 16:13-17:9, Psalm 21:1-13, Proverbs 5:1-6

S – Scripture:

Matt 16:24  “…Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

O – Observation:

People’s New Testament (commentary):

Mt 16:24 If any man will come after me. Compare Mt 8:34-38 Lu 9:23-27. The conditions of discipleship are presented.

Let him deny himselfLet him be prepared to say no too many of the strongest cravings of his nature, in the direction more particularly of earthly ease, comfort, dignity, and glory.

Take up his cross. Luke adds daily (Lk 9:23); not once, but all the time. The cross is the pain of the self-denial required in the preceding words. The cross is the symbol of doing our duty, even at the cost of the most painful death.

And follow me. To follow Christ is to take him for our master, our teacher, our example; to believe his doctrines, to uphold his cause, to obey his precepts, and to do it though it leads to heaven by way of the cross.

A – Application:

Often we hear of people who say you must bear your own cross, or “take up your cross”.   In applying this scripture in my life I am reminded that taking up my cross daily is (as Wesley’s Notes) “let him in all things deny his own will, however pleasing, and do the will of God, however painful.”

P – Prayer:

I pray that I will have the faith, patience, grace, and understanding to deny my own desires and my will to do God’s will. Father help me to be a good servant, student, and example of your ways. In Jesus name, amen.

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