Sermon Notes: 30 Oct 2022
I realize that we live in a self-serving, me-first world, therefore, serving is not a very popular concept.
Jesus however measured greatness in the terms of service, not status.
Get this: It is possible to serve in a church for a lifetime without ever being a servant!
1 Peter 4:10 (nlt)
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
Matthew 7:16 (nlt)
You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
How can you know if you have the heart of a servant?
1. Real servants make themselves AVAILABLE.
2 Timothy 2:4 (nlt)
Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.
Are you available to God anytime?
Can God mess up your plans without you becoming resentful?
2. Real servants pay ATTENTION to NEEDS.
Galatians 6:10 (nlt)
Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to those in the family of faith.
Proverbs 3:28 (nlt)
If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
3. Real servants do their best with WHAT THEY HAVE.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 (nlt)
Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 (tlb)
If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.
4. Real servants do every task with equal DEDICATION.
Colossians 3:23 (niv)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
Galatians 6:3 (nlt)
If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.
5. Real servants are FAITHFUL to their ministry.
Matthew 25:23 (nlt)
The master said, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
6. Real servants maintain a LOW PROFILE.
I Peter 5:5b (nlt)
…all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Matthew 6:1 (CEV)
When you do good deeds, don’t try to show off. If you do, you won’t get a reward from your Father in heaven.