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Serving Others

Mark 10:45

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.

82015 RayYesterday – in the message – we introduced our mission statement at First UMC – Bring – Build – Send. We will have a sermon series in October to roll out some more details – but – here are the basics. We want to bring people into environments where they can encounter Christ – we want to build people up in their knowledge and understanding of Christ – and – we want to send people out to serve Christ.

Today’s passage – from our Lord’s own words – models for us being sent out to serve. Christ came to earth to serve and to model serving for us. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Mark 10:35–45 – 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”  36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” 38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” 39 “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 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.”

It takes a maturing Christian to serve others. We can come to Christ (bring) – we can learn about Christ (build) – but in order to serve others (send) – we must think of others more than we think of ourselves. We must let our light so shine before others that they see Jesus. Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

What ways can we serve others? What about letting that person who has missed a few Sundays know that you miss them? A call or an e-mail or a card would mean so much – but it would take thinking about others rather ourselves. What about helping one of the ministries of the church? We have a so many things happening at First Church where volunteers are needed. For example – some of our musicians at the 11 am service are not able to use their gifts to play and lead worship because they are needed on the sound booth or to operate the slides. Someone would be a great help if they stepped up to serve in those areas.

Jesus modeled servanthood. He thought of others rather than Himself. Philippians 2:6–8 – Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

How can we serve others – together – as the church? Can we develop new ways to minister to our friends from the Hope House? Can we develop some new ideas for helping the homeless in our community? Can we develop ways to help those without work to find work? Will we be willing to go out of our way to serve – to let Jesus shine?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 31, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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