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