A Heart to Serve Others

May 16, 2011

“It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28

A Different Way. These words of Jesus provide an example that is totally different from the human framework we inherited from man’s fall. Stop and really think about it. It’s incredible that God was born in a manger and not in a palace. Jesus did the opposite of what the people of the time thought revolutionaries were supposed to do—He didn’t brag or try to get praise—He came to serve. And through that, He altered the eternal course of humanity.

Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:4

Refreshing. Sometimes it seems as if seasons of refreshing elude us, but they are available when we abandon our constant introspection and preoccupation with “me, me, me” and get out and serve others. I’m most miserable when I have my arms crossed in inaction. But when I recognize that God has done something good through my life, when I become grateful, when I praise and worship God—I am refreshed.

Acts of Love. God wants to anoint your daily routine. Start praying on a daily basis: “Here I am, God, use me,” and let the Holy Spirit use you. The little things you do for people—a text, a thank you, a door held open, an extra tip—are the big things. If we function in these little acts of love with the heart of a servant, we can create a revolution in our world.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry

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