Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Life That Counts

The second principle about Living A Life That Counts is understanding that we are here to serve rather than be served. Service is always a tough subject to preach about because it is so all inclusive. It's who & what we are! It's being like Jesus. Like evangelism, it is always easy to use it to produce guilt in those who are conscientious and dedicated. It's easy to have tunnel vision when it comes to service, and only see it in terms of that "the church" calls service - or it only matters if it is part of a church ministry. It's also extremely easy for service to become a tool for self-righteous comparisons, as we judge other's walk with God by external acts we have created as tests of faithfulness and loyalty to the Body. All that being said, maybe the toughest part of preaching on service is the simple fact that it is talked about so much. So what can I say that will be encouraging, enlightening, and, hopefully challenging? I shared these three principles, which certainly don't exhaust the subject.

1. It's not the size of the service, but the purpose! (Matt.25:14-30; 10:37-42; 6:1)

2. It's not the easy thing to do, but the Christ-like thing to do! (Lk.10:25-37)

3. It's never about the recognition, but always about the humility! (Jn.13:1-17)

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