Summary: This sermon gives four ways to develope a servant’s heart. 1. Develope a volunteer spirit. 2. Have a determination to help. 3. Commit to follow-ship. 4. Start meeting the needs around you.
Developing a Servant’s Heart
If you are truly striving to serve God you must develop a servant’s heart. I think as a Christian we all want to be faithful servants. Remember what it says in Matthew 25:23.
“Well done good and faithful servant, you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.”
How do we develop a servant’s heart? Here are four ways to develop a servant’s heart.
1. Develop a volunteer spirit.
“Thy people will volunteer freely in the day of Thy day of Thy power.” Psalm 110:3
They will give of their time, resources, praise, money, expertise, etc. And notice the verse says – freely. You know it says in 2 Corinthians 9:7 “God loves a cheerful giver.”
When the Spirit is moving in a person’s life – that person will have a volunteer spirit. On the day of Pentecost you know what happened? Look at Acts 2:44-45
“And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.” They voluntarily gave all that they had – for the glory of God.
2. Have a determination to help.
It is not enough just to want to be a servant – you must be determined to be a servant, you must be determined to help.
Look at 2 Corinthians 8:1-4
“Now, brethren, we wish to make know to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality, For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability they gave of their own accord, begging us with much entreaty for the favor of participation in the support of the saints.”
This church had an awesome determination to help. Nothing was going to keep this church from helping. Even in their own poverty they were determined to help.
You know what I have found – there are 4 types of givers:
1. People who give because they can.
2. People who are able to give but don’t.
3. People who are unable to give but can’t.
4. People who are unable to give but do anyway.
If you want to develop a servant’s heart you must be determined to help.
3. Commit to follow-ship.
Everyone is following something.
Friends advice, pursuit of money, others opinions.
“Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7
To imitate is to follow. The first question to ask is: “Where are they going?” In other words - Is this person leading me to the right destination? Is there leading in keeping with the Word of God?
If the answer is yes then: the three principles of following need to be implemented.
1. Trust – (if they go left – you go left.)
2. Obedience – (I don’t want to – you are not following)
3. Risk – (If they go fast – you go fast.)
“Obey your leaders, and submit to them; for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not out of grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” Hebrews 13:17