Summary: This sermon is based on chapter 7, of Charles Swindoll's book, Improving Your Serve. The sermon uses the first four Beatitudes as a character portrait of a servant.
A. Don’t you love asking kids what they want to be when they grow up?
1. Unlike the minion in the picture, I don’t ask them because I am still looking for ideas!
2. I like to ask them to see what is going on in their little heads.
3. This second picture is a good representation of the most common responses that children give to the question: what do you want to be when you grow up?
4. Notice their answers: Engineer, pilot, doctor, scientist, teacher, lawyer, writer, astronaut, veterinarian, athlete and actress.
5. One little boy said that he wanted to be a car mechanic or a garbage collector.
a. When asked why, he gave a classic boy answer: “So I can get dirty!”
6. What was your answer as a child? When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be a policeman.
B. Let’s take that same question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and ask it another way.
1. Let’s imagine asking Jesus what He wants us to be when we grow up.
2. Suddenly, that changes everything right? Suddenly, it is a whole new question.
3. I can imagine Jesus answering, “I want you to grow up to be different. I want you to be a servant.”
4. We could interview thousands of children, and I don’t think we would ever hear any of them ever say that they want to grow up to be a servant.
5. Yet that is what God wants for each one of us – God wants us to become a servant like Jesus was a servant.
C. As we continue in our sermon series “Serving Like Jesus,” I want us to spend today and next week talking about the portrait of a servant.
1. Just what does a servant look like? What character traits form the profile of a servant?
2. I want us to turn to the Sermon on the Mount to try to answer those questions.
3. Throughout the Sermon on the Mount, we see that Jesus’ main point is: Be Different!
4. Over and over again, throughout the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus stated the way things were among the religious types of His day, and then He instructed them to be different.
5. The formula went like this: “You have heard…but I say to you…”
6. In the first section of the Sermon on the Mount, certainly the most familiar section to most people, are the Beatitudes.
7. I want us to see how these Beatitudes form the most descriptive word-portrait of a servant that is available to us.
D. Look with me at Jesus’ words: (Matthew 5:3-10)
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
E. Let’s make three general observations about these statements of Jesus.