LORD, MAKE ME A SERVANT
INTRODUCTION: How many times in the church is our actions marked by
wanting to serve, or by a desire to be served? I am afraid that we are
motivated more by a desire to be served, to lead and get honor, or to receive
But the Bible calls on us to be servants.
I. ALL CHRISTIANS ARE CALLED ON TO BE SERVANTS.
A. Jesus calls on us to empty ourselves in order to be a child
II. OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER AND OUR GOD IS TO BE MARKED BY OUR
1. Matthew 18:3-4 "and said, Assuredly, I say to you, unless
you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter
the kingdom of heaven. 4- Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little
child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
B. What does it mean to be a servant?
2. It is obvious that while we continue with a carnal mind set we can
never become servants of God.
a. Romans 8:5-8
1. It is to humble oneself and put the good of others before
C. The Attitude of a servant...
2. It is to lose your life in service for God and others.
3. It is the opposite of pride and arrogance, or wanting to elevate
1. Jesus defined what it means to be a servant.
a. John 13:3-17
1. ...is a mind set we adopt - I Corinthians 9:19
2. ...is without consideration of repayment - Luke 6:34-35
3. ...is unselfish - Philippians 2:3-8
4. ...is preferential to another, putting others first - Romans 12:10
A. We are to copy our Lord's attitude of service.
1. Philippians 2:3-8
B. The pathway to true greatness is found in service.
2. Hebrews 5:8-9
1. Matthew 23:8-12 "But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for
One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 9- Do not call
anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
10- And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.
11- But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12- And whoever
exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
III. APPLYING THE SERVANTHOOD PRINCIPLE TO OUR RELATIONSHIPS IN
A. Toward one another.
IV. APPLYING THE SERVANTHOOD PRINCIPLE TO EVANGELISM.
1. Romans 12:10- Be kindly affectionate to one another with
brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
B. Toward brethren in need.
2. Ephesians 5:21- submitting to one another in the fear of God.
3. Philippians 2:3- Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or
conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
1. 1 John 3:17- But whoever has this world's goods, and sees
his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love
of God abide in him?
C. Toward brethren who are spiritually sick.
2. Acts 9:36-39
1. Galatians 6:1- Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass,
you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering
yourself lest you also be tempted.
2. James 5:19-20 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth,
and someone turns him back, 20- let him know that he who turns a sinner
from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude
A. If we have the attitude of service we will have compassion
on the lost and desire to take the gospel to them.
1. Jude 22-23 "And on some have compassion, making a distinction;
23- but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even
the garment defiled by the flesh."
B. If we are applying the servant principle we will not be concerned about
who "gets credit" for teaching others!
1. The important thing will be the soul.
C. If we are applying the servant principle we will not chaff at having
to do work, no matter what it is, in the work of saving souls.
1. We will want to do whatever it takes to reach out to the
D. If we are applying the servant principle we will not seek converts to
"our philosophy" or "our church" but to Christ.
CONCLUSION: The legend is told of a desert wanderer who found a
crystal spring of unsurpassed freshness. The water was so pure he decided
to bring some to his king. Barely satisfying his own thirst, he filled
a leather bottle with the clear liquid and carried it many days beneath
the desert sun before he reached the palace. When he finally laid his offering
at the feet of his sovereign, the water had become stale and rank due to
the old container in which it had been stored. But the king would not let
his faithful subject even imagine that it was unfit for use. He tasted
it with expressions of gratitude and delight, and sent away the loyal heart
filled with gladness. After he had gone, others sampled it and expressed
their surprise that the king had even pretended to enjoy it. "Ah!" said
he, "it was not the water he tasted, but the love that prompted the offering."
Many times our service is marked by multiplied imperfections, but the Master
looks at our motives and says "It is good."
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