Summary: Are you a true servant of Christ? This sermon shows what is required to be called a true servant of Jesus.
MORE LIKE GREAT SERVICE
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In a popular televison commercial for a large insurance company that claims you can name your own price, the customer asks, “But will I still get good service?” The reply is “uh, more like great service.” Now, if your like me, you can truly see that service in the world we live in, is NOT what it used to be. Good service is difficult to find. Our world is all about SELF, we are told to bathe in self-indulgence, self expression, and self-celebration. So pamper yourself, indulge yourself, promote yourself. But Jesus tells us DENY yourself. When was the last time you heard a commercial say: “Go ahead. Deny yourself and have the time of your life.” But that is exactly what the Bible tells us to do. Scripture is different from what we are told in the world.
The least are the greatest (Luke 9:48)
The last will be first (Mark 9:35)
Consider others better than ourselves (PHP 2:3)
& Honor others above ourselves (ROMANS 12:10)
The truth is, that we were called to provide GREAT service, and not worry so much about how we are being served. So many people come to church and wonder what the church is going to do for them, THEY FAIL TO UNDERSTAND, you are the church. God calls us to serve one another, not sit back and be served. This morning I am going to reflect on 7 aspects of a good servant, please follow along.
# 1. A TRUE SERVANT IS RESPECTFUL of his boss, our master Jesus Christ John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
God has a use for everyone one of us here this morning. Each of us has a task to do, a path to follow, and a Master who is watching us, guiding us, and leading us. A true servant must understand that they are blind to what they should do, we must FOLLOW, Jesus. We show Jesus RESPECT, by following and not by trying to take the lead. Jesus tells us plainly, if we FOLLOW, then God will HONOR us.
One author puts it this way:
Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.
If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field.
Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her. As you stand and watch these two friends, you’ll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk
to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.