As we continue in our series of Wake Up!, we are covering a topic that is central to how God wants us, as His disciples, to live. That is the area of serving one another. Mark 10 says that Jesus came to serve, not to be served. And if He is our ultimate example, then what does that mean for us as His followers? We delve into that topic today, and get to what the heart of serving is.
43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Christ came to Serve (ultimate service is sacrificing your own life)
Come near to God and he will come near to you.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
When we seek God with all our heart, he will come near to us. (More on this next week…)
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
To be where God is, Serve.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Do everything as though you will report to God for it.
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Love each other deeply, be hospitable and serve others with your gifts so God can be glorified.
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Micah 6:8 summarizes what God has told us to do: “He has shown you O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To do Justice and to Love Mercy and to Walk Humbly with your God.”
In doing Justice, we want to seek to help the helpless, fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.
We want to love mercy, having great compassion on everyone.
And we walk humbly. There is no room for pride or selfishness or self-centeredness in following God.