Summary: We are all called to serve and it's time to stop making excuses.

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Today we are going to look at John 12:1-12:7

• But Today I want to start by looking at 2 words and those are serve and give

• Now what I Think is interesting Is the way that these words go together

Now when I think about the word serve”

• I think about service

• I think about doing things for others. (ELAB Get Involved)

Now when I hear the word “give” the first thing I think about is money

• Put into the offering plate.- Stroke a check

Now I don’t know about you but my first reaction is that I would rather

• Serve than give.

• For some reason it just sounds easier

• And it feels so much more rewarding.

But when we really stop to think about it,

• There really isn’t that much difference between the two. (ELAB)

• Let me serve you some food / give yo some food

Think about it for a moment…

• Think about times that are serving your parents, / church, / God, or anyone else for that matter.

• Aren’t you really just giving something in order to serve?

• It might be our time, / money, / talents, / wahtever resources we have to give

• And we do this in order to serve.

At the same time when we are giving,

• Whether it is putting money in the offering plate,

• Or collecting food for the food pantry in Jacksonville

• Or our giving time to help someone out,

• What we’re really doing is serving God and others at the same time.

Today we are going to focus on what it really means to serve,

• So lets dive right

• But Instead of using the word serve

• Lets use the word give because in all reality it is the same thing

• Only somehow when we hear the word give it takes on a negitive image

• And we really have to quit limiting ourselves

To help us we’re going to look at John 12:1-7 verse by verse.

Jn 12:1 Six days before the Passover ceremonies began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead.

Jn 12:2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus sat at the table with him

Now, this dinner was more likely a celebration that Lazarus was alive.

• John specifically points out the fact that Lazarus was at the table

• A further reminder that at one point in the previous chapter he was dead

• But now thanks to Jesus he’s alive and at the table

Now even though this group wanted to celebrate the fact that It Lazarus was still with them

• It was a very risky move on their part because of the religious leaders.

• You see, they weren’t happy that Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead

• Because now “everyone was believing in him,”

• Which when we think about it was one of the main reasons why Jesus did miracles;

• He did them so people would believe.

• But the religious leaders were so selfish and so caught up in their own ideas

• That a man being brought back to life didn’t even phase them.

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