Luke 22:20-27 “I am among you as one who serves.”
Serve – to give help by performing certain duties, often of a humble or menial nature
Choosing acts of service that show love and respect.
Jesus’ word “servant” = server, dedicated focused faithful – helper, attendant, apprentice, collaborator, companion
“And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.” – John 13:14-15
“Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.” – John 12:26
“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:26, 28
“Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45
“the leader should be like a servant,” – Luke 22:26
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
“Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality. Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. ” Romans 12:9-16 The Message
“Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God.” Ephesians 6:5-7 The Message
What do we learn about God?
- Father God sent Jesus as an example to us, a servant.
- Jesus invited us to a personal relationship, serving Him.
- Jesus taught us to serve each other.
How should we respond?
Out of a love response choose to: serve Jesus serve others
What can I do? Think Big & Small
(praying for miraculous results and focused on what can be done, simple)
How do we do this?
- Consider what would be helpful.
- Make a plan.
- Take action.