Mark 10:42-45 But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
This last Sunday, Pastor Kyle’s sermon focused on the godly purpose of serving others. There always seemed to be an unhealthy desire for attention and fame in our culture. The modern age platforms of movies, radio, television, social media have created broader and faster avenues of reaching the world audience to the point of not knowing who or what is really important. Today, the website YouTube allows anyone, at any time, to spread their views immediately. There is so much information at our fingerprints. But, our significance is not found there. Life is not about greatness or being served, but connecting our life to God’s great purposes. According to Jesus, in the verse above, the path to significance is found in servanthood.
Jesus gives us a different and better path and process to keep us humble. The key for us is to be re-directable. Kyle gave us three things we need to know to serve effectively in God’s kingdom. (1) We have hidden agendas and motives, Some serve only when convenient, but everyone has certain desires, wishes or perceived needs behind the scenes. That desire should be for the glory of God. (2) We have spiritual gifts. God’s gifts are to be used for His glory. If not used, then it’s like burying them in the ground. (3) We are called to minister to others through serving. Have this mindset and live the obedient life we were called to. Ephesians 2:10
Have we lost our joy in serving? Kyle told us four keys to keeping the joy in our service to the Lord. (1) Confront our ego. We are all nose-blind to our own stink when it comes to our egos. Pride is a grievous sin to God. (2) Create and maintain a sustainable pace. Without margins in our lives, we end up taking care of ourselves as the burden becomes overbearing. (3) Keep it a priority. Never forget why you are doing what you are doing. Never say. I’m going to drop this because I’m not feeling it anymore. Keep serving from becoming a routine. (4) Look for God stories. God stories are happening all the time. Something that you are going through that God is working with. Many encounter God through someone serving in ministry and touched their life. You could be a part of someone else’s God story.