Serve

Knowing God’s will is all about finding out where you are to Serve in life

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. – Matt 20:28

 

You are the gift from God – to people

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jer 1:5

 

I can’t be who I’m supposed to be, until you do what you’re supposed to do

 

What God put in you is for the purpose of service

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. – 1 Peter 4:10

 

Our service is to one another, but we also serve to grow the church

To equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. - Eph 4:12 NIV

 

The church can’t be what it’s supposed to be, until you do what you’re supposed to do

 

Some people feel like what God has given them is just for them

Paul had to deal with Church people who want to show off – for their own glory

Since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church. - 1 Cor 14:12

 

You don’t have to worry about me with that, because…

I don’t know what my gift is, or what I’m supposed to do

1.    Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. – Eccl 9:10

2.    Do what you’re assigned 

 

DavidServed based on his assignment

1.    How did David come to kill lions & bears?

He was serving based on his father’s assignment

 

2.    How did David come to encounter Goliath?

His father gave him the assignment to serve his brothers

 

3.    How did David, the youngest of 8 boys, happen to get that assignment?

David served at the pleasure of his father

 

You Serve at the Pleasure of the Pastor

 

Pastor, you’re just setting us up to use us – taken advantage of

 

No, I’m trying to put you on your path to greatness

The greatest among you will be your servant. – Matt 23:11

 

I’m trying to get you to be more like Jesus

You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” - John 13:13–17

 

I’m so busy; I don’t have time

Serving is not about having the time – it’s about having the heart

Don’t work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, do God’s will from your heart.  7 Serve with a good attitudeas to the Lord and not to people8 knowing that whatever good each one does, bond or free, he will receive this back from the Lord. - Eph 6:6-8

 

Do it fully, completely, sincerely – disregarding reservations, fears, anxieties

 

Serve with a good attitude – “Serve the Lord with gladness”  Ps 100:2

 

A Dull Attitude of Service is the reason some of you have such Need

Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, 48 therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything. - Deut 28:47–48

 

I am to serve others as if I am serving the Lord

   I serve the Lord by serving others

 

You must keep your word & honor your commitments

If you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay fulfilling it, for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and you will be guilty of sin. - Deut 23:21-22

 Stop Procrastinating

 

You are never more like Jesus than when you serve

Adopt the same mindset as that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. 7 Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant. - Phil 2:5–9

Dwayne Hunt