Before The Cross V


MARK 10:45 NET – For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

1 SAMUEL 12:24 NET – However, fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. Just look at the great things he has done for you!

JOHN 13:12-14 NET – So when Jesus had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table again and said to them, “Do you understand what I have done for you?  You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, for that is what I am.   If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet.

MATTHEW 25:35-40 NET – For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the king will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.’

ACTS 20:35 NET – By all these things, I have shown you that by working in this way we must help the weak, and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

GALATIONS 5:13-14 NET – For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another.   For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, namely, “ You must love your neighbor as yourself .”

1PE 4:10-11 NET – Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.  Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s words. Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

Before The Cross: We Are Servants

When someone uses the word like servant, many things come to mind. Typically they are negative and the impression is one who is weak. Jesus was anything but weak and He was the greatest servant we’ve ever had. His example serves us in how to love others.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” –Mark 10:45

God has wired us all differently and given us all specific gifts to be used for His glory. My encouragement to you would be to look where God has placed you and what desires He has given you to see whom He is calling you to serve.

If you’re wired for something and you’re passionate about it, why not think God can be glorified through it?

It could be serving those at a soup kitchen. It could be serving victims of human trafficking. It could be mowing your neighbor’s lawn. It could be serving women at a battered shelter. Pray for God to lead you in who He is calling you to serve.

One thing is for sure, if you just get started serving others, God will quickly show you your desires. The worst thing you could do is sit on the sidelines and do nothing. After all, Jesus served all of us and died for us. The question is how could we not go out and serve others?

We can be confident that God will lead us and give us the strength to serve others through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches us that after we decide to follow Christ, we become powerful…

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