Good afternoon everyone! Happy Sunday! I hope you’re enjoying February so far. I’m excited for the Super Bowl. Go Patriots! I’m also excited because I got to see another day. Thank you Lord for your blessing and mercies which are new every morning.
Today Pastor Josh preach an amazing sermon on servanthood. I’ve compiled the highlights into a delectable snack. Get your plates ready. There’s enough for everyone.
Trust in him and you will not be disappointed. We serve a God who has not changed. Jesus has a work for us to do. He’s looking for the gospel to be preached to every nation and then Jesus will come back. Man is born of a fallen, rebellious seed but Jesus makes us all new. There needs to be a joy behind everything you do otherwise you’ll burn out. The joy must sustain your spirit. People have great jobs but are depressed. Some things you can’t see without a mirror. We need a standard to look at. God has a specific list for us to look at.
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. “I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.”
John 5:39-42 NKJV
The scriptures told us about Jesus and where to go to get the good stuff. In addition to scriptures you must go to Jesus. Jesus laments over Jerusalem because they didn’t see him. Church can’t fulfill you in and of itself. We must see who he is and let him fulfill us. God should be the object of our affection
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV
Our bodies are worn down by the stress of life. Jesus will give you rest. He walked the life that everyone needs to walk. Jesus wants to yolk with us. True salvation is surrender to Jesus and walking with him.
“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,”
Romans 6:8 NKJV
We are born again of a different seed with a new identity. We either grow or we drift away. Jesus wants us to move in the same direction as him. His kingdom works differently. The first is the last. The greatest is the least. Serve because that’s who Jesus is and that you have the same spirit as him. Power is unleashed through the heart of the servant. It’s not us doing it but Jesus in us. There’s an energy that comes when we pour out to him. Stand shoulder to shoulder with him and go the same way as him.
We will produce after the seeds we were born of. If we don’t study the word and look in he mirror we will change what the seed is supposed to look like. Servants live in the opinion of the master. A servant is there untitled thrw job is finished. A volunteer is there until he’s finished.
There’s a place in God’s heart for the lost and we can’t miss it. When you reach people and God shows what’s in his heart the world will look at you strange but you’ll meet Jesus. You’ll see him in the most unlikely places.
“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—”
Matthew 20:26-27 NKJV
“Then Jesse said to his son David, “Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp. And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them.” Now Saul and they and all the men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.”
I Samuel 17:17-19 NKJV
David rose up to fight Goliath. He had a servant’s heart. Because of all the food he had to carry, he saw the need that had to be met. The spirit of Christ causes us to surrender. David became the king of Israel becasue he was obedient to his father. Until we taje on servanthoood we won’t be able to carry what God has for us.
“Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).”
John 20:14-16 NKJV
When Jesus rose from the dead people see him two different ways.
“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.”
Luke 24:13-16 NKJV
We can’t miss the encounters with Jesus. He wants us to have faith and choose to believe.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”
Matthew 25:31-40 NKJV
You must live in a way to show others that Jesus lives in you.
David carries the food for the Lord out of natural obedience to his father. Because he could serve, God trusted him with the throne. God can tell who belongs to him by how they serve. Obedience is better than sacrifice.
“Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.”
II Corinthians 5:16 NKJV
We don’t know where Jesus will meet us. Can we see him through serving him? The way up is the way down.