Summary: We all want to feel like we matter in some way, and sometimes that can take the form of “other people do not matter.” Jesus taught that everyone matters. Success in his eyes is very different from the world’s view of success.
Jesus’ Surprising Teachings About Service
1. Sometimes it DOES take a Rocket Scientist Scientists at NASA have developed a gun built specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum velocity.
The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields. British engineers heard about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high speed trains.
Arrangements were made. But when the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurtled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, crashed through the control console, snapped the engineer's backrest in two and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin.
Horrified Britons sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield, and begged the U.S. scientists for suggestions.
NASA's response was just one sentence, "Thaw the chicken."
2. We live in a morally declining society. Gay marriage is now legal in Indiana, and we are heart broken about it. A marijuana shop opened up next to a church building in Colorado. The world cannot gather the force to stop ISIS from taking over in Syria.
3. It is into this world at this time that God has called you to be a servant. It is no mistake that you live right now in these times. We are to love him & love others.
Main Idea: We all want to feel like we matter in some way, and sometimes that can take the form of “other people do not matter.” Jesus taught that everyone matters. Success in his eyes is very different from the world’s view of success.
Jesus meanders and interweaves his teaching here, so be prepared for rabbit trails!
I. Serving OTHERS In Jesus’ Name is the Way to Greatness (33-41)
A. Being the servant of ALL (33-35)
1. Their argument
2. Jesus’ statement of principle
3. Demonstrated when he washed the disciples feet (one example)
4. Jesus’ principle illustrated with a child
B. Appreciating others who serve him with faith but less KNOWLEDGE
1. True believers? They SUCCEEDED in casting out demons in Jesus’ Name
—Unlike the failed exorcists of Acts 19
—Unlike the disciples who had just failed to do so
—Perhaps not true believers, but we must allow room for that possibility
2. Not always sure: sometimes LOST people or SEEKERS aid and assist Christian efforts
3. The promise of REWARD to those who help Jesus’ disciples
[Note: Some of Jesus’ response could be based upon Numbers 11:26-30]
II. Showing Special COMPASSION for Children In Jesus’ Name Pleases Him (36-37 repeat, 42-48)
A. Receiving them is receiving JESUS (36-37)
B. “Those who believe” implies EVANGELISM
C. Leading children ASTRAY is a most serious sin
D. Their PROTECTION is a priority
E. The EXTREME importance of this is illustrated
1. Our sin problem is not caused by eyes or limbs, the heart