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Summary: Most people wish to serve God—but in an advisory capacity only. The person who lives figuratively with a towel over their arm is the person who is nearest the heart of God. If it all has to be about you, life may never make sense and you will never find

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S101302 So you want to be a servant! Matthew 8:14

Beginning:

Marion Mill was born in a fairy tale royal palace in Hungary. Her first spoon was solid gold. They sent her to school in Vienna where she became an actress, and there she met and fell in love with a young medical student named Otto.

Otto and Marion married and went to live in Hollywood, CA. There, as they “set up house,” he began to dabble in movies. He became so interested in movies that he gave up his medical practice, and went on to become the internationally famed movie director Otto Preminger. Marion’s beauty, wit, and irresistible charm brought her everything a woman desires. In Europe, New York and Hollywood she became a famous international hostess.

But Otto’s princess could not handle the fast life of Hollywood. She went into alcohol, drugs and numerous affairs. Her life and lifestyle became so sordid, even for Hollywood, that Otto Preminger divorced Marion. She tried to take her own life three times, unsuccessfully, and finally moved back to Vienna.

There at a party she met another doctor, named Albert Schweitzer, the well-known medical doctor, musician, philosopher, theologian and missionary. Schweitzer was home on leave from his hospital in Lambarene, Africa.

She was so fascinated by Schweitzer, that she asked him if she could talk to him alone, and he permitted that. For almost six months, every week, she met with Dr. Albert Schweitzer. At the end of that time he was going to go back to Africa, and she begged him to let her go with him. Schweitzer surprised everyone by agreeing. Marion, the young princess, who was born in a palace went to a little village in Lambarene, Africa, and spent the rest of her life emptying bed pans and tearing up sheets to make bandages for putrid sores on the poverty-stricken nationals.

She wrote her autobiography. All I Want is Everything. When she died, Time Magazine quoted from her autobiography these words: “Albert Schweitzer says there are two kinds of people. There are the helpers, and the non-helpers. I thank God He allowed me to become a helper, and in helping, I found everything.

What kind of person are you? Are you a helper or a non-helper? I believe that everyone of you here desires to be a true servant of Christ

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Most people wish to serve God—but in an advisory capacity only. The person who lives figuratively with a towel over their arm is the person who is nearest the heart of God. If it all has to be about you, life may never make sense and you will never find satisfaction in anything.

Background

The greatest teacher who ever lived is about to open His lecture notes and lead a Masters class in discipleship. This is not a 100 series study. Jesus will teach through several life episodes that following Jesus requires one live with a towel over your arm. Christian discipleship is never complete until the Christ follower learns to become a servant

Basic Truth Living as a servant offers the greatest joy one can experience in this life.

Burning Question Why should I want to live my life as a servant?


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John Mayes

commented on Oct 22, 2006

Thank you for this serman. Next week I will be teaching on this subject in children's church and you gave me some great ideas...either we are helpers or non-helpers. It doesn't get any more practical than that!

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