This week, we have the great opportunity to hear from Paul Jackson, as he closes our current series, “Jesus’ Church” with part 7: “Everyone Serves”. So far, we have discussed these Truths about being his hands and feet:
- God is approachable
- The Gospel is powerful
- Everyone disciples someone
- Devoted to fellowship
- Love your neighbor
- Hard things are promised to everyone who believes
Acts 20:28: “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” We are the ones that Jesus purchased with his own blood. We are the ones he chose! This is a simple, but profound Truth, that affects us deeply in two ways: individually (because we belong; the fear of our not belonging has been answered) and as a church family (which affects how we think, interact, and function as a body, with Jesus as our leader). Our values and decisions are to reflect the calling of our head. Jesus said that, to be great, requires service to others: “the one who is great is the one who serves”.
Galatians 5:13: “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Jesus lived his life for the glory of God and for the sake of others, the greatest example being the Cross. However, the Cross is only one of so many examples of his servanthood.Isaiah 53 introduces Jesus through prophecy as the “suffering servant”.
In John 13:12-15, we see Jesus washing the feet of His disciples: “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, ‘Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.'” In Jesus’ church, everyone serves.
Matthew 23:11-12: “The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
Philippians 2:3: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” We are to look to the interests of others, with joy, and do the stuff that no one else wants to do. We are called to be the ones who willingly step forward.
In the sphere of family, what could it look like to serve?
- Building relational bridges
- Happily going to the family party
- Hosting the party (that you didn’t want to go to)
- Spending time with your kids, even if exhausted…and the list goes on
In the sphere of the workplace, what could it look like to serve (because, whether you are the unpaid intern or the CEO, you are called to serve)?
- Doing a good job, even if nobody will notice
- Offering to do the project that nobody else wants to do
- Having a difficult conversation with a coworker
- Taking the window-less office so someone else can have a well-lit office
- Helping a coworker, even if it doesn’t benefit you. Remember, we are serving Jesus first and foremost.
In the sphere of the church family, what could it look like to serve?
John 12:26: “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” The call to serve is a call to serve God.Leading a Lifegroup
- Hosting a Lifegroup
- Making coffee on Sunday mornings
- Helping set up or tear down
- Helping administration…and the list goes on.
In most churches, according to statistics, 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. Why? Let’s identify a few obstacles to serving:
- We don’t recognize the task at hand as our responsibility
- We struggle to put others’ interests in front of our own
Luke 6:45: “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good…”
If we can get our heart in line, our actions will follow. We are called to put others before ourselves, to get low before others to raise them up, and to look like Jesus. Let’s run after His example as a servant!
Next Sunday, we enter into a new series rooted in the good Word. Can’t wait to see you there, church family!