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Summary: This is a question we as Christians need to ask ourselves daily as we serve our Lord. Are we a pleasing servant?

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A PLEASING SERVANT

TEXT: JOHN 12:24-26

INTRODUCTION: A ragged boy with a violin under his arm once roamed the streets of Europe. A famous musician hearing him play, and learning that the boy had no home, nor family, took him under his wing.

He became a father to the boy and taught him all he knew about the violin. The boy practiced faithfully.

Then came the night of his first performance. He played so well that after each number the applause was deafening. But for some reason the boy didn’t pay any attention for the huge ovation. He kept his eyes turned upward and played on and on.

The audience was mystified at his strange behavior. Finally, someone remarked, “I don’t understand why he is so insensitive to this thunderous applause. He keeps looking up all the time. I’m going to find out what is attracting his attention!”

Moving around the concert hall the man found the answer. There in the top-most balcony was the old music master. Looking over the railing toward his young pupil, and nodding his head as if to say, “Well done my boy, play on.”

The boy played on seemingly unconcerned whether the audience liked it or not. He was playing to please his master only.

Let me ask you, are you pleasing your master the Lord Jesus Christ today/tonight? Are you looking up at Him. Is He nodding His head in approval to you?

How can we be pleasing servants?

I. WE MUST BE SURE OF OUR CONVERSION

Look at I John 5:9-13;

1 John 5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

1 John 5:11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

1 John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Look at Judas Iscariot, he was one of the twelve, part of the inner circle.

1. He was there when Jesus healed the lame, gave sight to the blind.

2. He saw Him raise the dead.

3. He heard the greatest preaching from the greatest preacher of all time.

4. He learned from the greatest teacher that ever taught.

5. He saw Him calm the storm with three words, “Peace be still.”

6. He was one of the twelve that Jesus sent out to preach.

7. He took one of the baskets filled with fish and bread and helped feed the 5000.

Yet after all this (and much more that I’m sure was not recorded) Judas was lost. And you know something, none of the disciples suspected a thing. Judas was even the treasurer.

One the night Jesus was betrayed we read in; John 13:21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.


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