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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You Must Be a Servant to Follow Him

 

Servant is Service

Reading: Exodus 17:8-19:15, Matt 22:34-23:12, Psalm 27:7-14, Proverbs 6:27-35

S – Scripture:

Matt 23:11 (NLT) “The greatest among you must be a servant.”

O – Observation:

Why is it that we don’t want to be known as a ‘servant’ in most countries? It’s seen as being one of the lowest  positions in society. Yet the Lord consistently tells us that we need to serve each other. The Word of God says that we need to be servants of God.

Here’s a definition:

servant, service The translation ‘servant’ spares the harshness of the Hebrew and Greek words for a slave, and modern translations often prefer the reality. As such, the OT ‘servant’ possessed no legal rights though he was admitted to membership of the covenant people (Gen. 17: 12) and observed its basic laws (Deut. 12: 18). (APA definition)
In the NT Jesus speaks of people as servants of God, i.e. wholly given to his service. Jesus can himself accept this role of extreme humility (Mark 10: 45). Matt. (12: 18–21) quotes the first Servant Song (Isa. 42) as a portrait of Jesus, and Paul’s words in Phil. (2: 7) seem to echo Isaiah; so Christians are also to be servants of each other (John 13: 14) because they are servants of Christ (1 Cor. 7: 22). (encyclopedia definition) 

In today’s readings in Matt 23:1-12, Jesus speaks to the crowds of people who follow him and his disciples. Jesus explains (Mt 23:that the teachers of religious law and Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses.  However Jesus said, “practice and obey what they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach.  He went on to say that everything these “religious” teachers did were for “show”, they want to be honored – yet verse 11 and 12 – Jesus said that the greatest are servants and those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

A – Application:

My application for todays’ scripture is simple, be humble, be a servant of Christ, don’t try to be above everyone else, and be an example of what a Christian is supposed to be by following the commands of the Lord!

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for your love and grace. Forgive me for my sins. Help me to know and do your will. Help me to be an example to others that reflects you; even in times where the world’s view is saying the opposite of what you teach me, let me be strong in your commands. In Jesus name, amen.

(encyclopedia definition)W. R. F. BROWNING. “servant, service.” A Dictionary of the Bible. 1997. Retrieved February 03, 2010 from Encyclopedia.com:http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O94-servantservice.html

Today’s Date: February 03 , 2010

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