Masters Plan

Go Therefore and Make Disciples

SERVE OTHERS

Our Relationship WIth Others

SERVE OTHERS

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.                                                                                                                                                                     Philippians 2:3-4

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Pat Riley, the outstanding NBA coach, wrote about the “danger of me.”  He said, “The most difficult thing for individuals to do when they’re part of a team is to sacrifice.  It’s so easy to become selfish in a team environment.  To play for me.  It’s very vulnerable to drop your guard and say, ‘This is who I am and I’m going to open up and give myself to you.’  But that’s exactly what you’ve got to do.  Willingness to sacrifice is the great paradox.  You must give up something in the immediate present—comfort, ease, recognition, quick rewards—to attract something even better in the future.”

What’s true on the basketball court is true in all of life.  Serving others can be tough; expending your energies and resources in the interest of others can be exhausting.  Yet the most effective leaders are servants.  Nobody demonstrated this better than Jesus on the night prior to his crucifixion.  Alone with his disciples in a room in Jerusalem, Jesus did the unthinkable.  When there was no servant to carry out the custom of foot washing Jesus assumed the role.  The Master became the servant.  The greatest and most high became the least and lowest.

                                                          Kenneth Boa, Exerpt from Handbook To Leadership

 

A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight. But of course this was America and there were no hall servants.

Walking the dormitory halls that night, Moody saw the shoes and determined not to embarrass his brothers. He mentioned the need to some ministerial students who were there, but was met with only silence or pious excuses. Moody returned to the dorm, gathered up the shoes, and, alone in his room, the world’s only famous evangelist began to clean and polish the shoes. Only the unexpected arrival of a friend in the midst of the work revealed the secret.

When the foreign visitors opened their doors the next morning, their shoes were shined. They never knew by whom. Moody told no one, but his friend told a few people, and during the rest of the conference, different men volunteered to shine the shoes in secret. Perhaps the episode is a vital insight into why God used D. L. Moody as He did. He was a man with a servant’s heart and that was the basis of his true greatness.

                                                          Gary Inrig, A Call to Excellence

 

 I want my life to be defined by what I give.  So many moments are lost when we’re looking only for what we can get.  You can enter into divine moments only when you  are willing to serve.  There is a mystery in all of this.  I suppose no one put it better than Jesus: when you try to keep your life, you lose it.  But when you lose your life for His sake, you actually find it.....

Women and men who seize divine moments embrace the inherent dangers that come with them.  Divine moments oftentimes require us to put our own well-being aside for the well-being of others, to relinquish our safe places for the sake of others.  We can touch only those within our reach and can change only the world in which we live, but we can do that often.                 

                                                         Erwin McManus-Chasing Daylight

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • Describe what serving others looks like in your life.  Are you truly serving anyone currently, expecting nothing in return?
  • Do you see ways the Lord would have you improve your service?  If so, what action will you take to change this?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

I want my life to be defined by what I give.  So many moments are lost when we’re looking only for what we can get.  You can enter into divine moments only when you  are willing to serve.  There is a mystery in all of this.  I suppose no one put it better than Jesus: when you try to keep your life, you lose it.  But when you lose your life for His sake, you actually find it.....

Women and men who seize divine moments embrace the inherent dangers that come with them.  Divine moments oftentimes require us to put our own well-being aside for the well-being of others, to relinquish our safe places for the sake of others.  We can touch only those within our reach and can change only the world in which we live, but we can do that often.    Erwin McManus-Chasing Daylight

This attitude has largely eluded contemporary leaders, because you can't give yourself as a sacrifice and at the same time manage your image..........Can you imagine a life so lost in benefiting others that your personal needs and wants don't play a big role in your thoughts?  Love, after all, means action directed toward the benefits of others.                                             Bill Hull, The Complete Book of Discipleship

How many there are who perish because of vain worldly knowledge and too little care for serving God.  They became vain in their own conceits because they chose to be great rather than humble.  He is truly great who has great charity.  He is truly great who is little in his own eyes and makes nothing of the highest honor.  He is truly wise who looks upon all earthly things as folly that he may gain Christ.    Thomas a Kempis

 The problem with service isn't that we necessaily lack a desire to do it, but it's that we often inaccurately define it.  When we think about service, our mind usually wanders to a soup kitchen or serving the poor in a third world country.  These assumptions are understandable, though incomplete.  Service, simply, is any activity done with the motivation to honor Jesus.  Everything we do, we do unto the Lord.  This reality should free us, motivate us, and challenge us not to dismiss buying a coworker a cup of coffee because it doesn't feel missional.  To be clear, being a godly business executive or a godly dad is not second tier ministry.  God is pleased with those works, and they are paramount.     Eric Ross, Discipleship Defined

verses related to this topic

  • Deuteronomy 15:10

    Deuteronomy 15:10

    You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings.

  • Isaiah 58:10

    Isaiah 58:10

    And if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in the darkness and your gloom will become like midday.

  • Matthew 20:26-28

    Matthew 20:26-28

    "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."

  • Mark 10:42-45

    Mark 10:42-45

    Calling them to Himself, Jesus said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. But 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 slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

  • Luke 10:27-37

    Luke 10:27-37

    And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And He said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live." But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied and said, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.' Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers' hands?" And he said, "The one who showed mercy toward him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do the same."

  • John 13:1-17

    John 13:1-17

    Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, he girded Himself. Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. So He came to Simon Peter. He said to Him, "Lord, do You wash my feet?" Jesus answered and said to him, "What I do you do not realize now, but you will understand hereafter." Peter said to Him, "Never shall You wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head." Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you." For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, "Not all of you are clean." So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

  • 2 Corinthians 4:5

    2 Corinthians 4:5

    For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.

  • Galatians 5:13-14

    Galatians 5:13-14

    For you were called to freedom, brethren’ only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

  • Galatians 6:2-10

    Galatians 6:2-10

    Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. For each one will bear his own load. The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

  • Philippians 2:3-8

    Philippians 2:3-8

    Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

  • 2 Timothy 2:2

    2 Timothy 2:2

    The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

  • 1 Peter 4:10

    1 Peter 4:10

    As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

books related to this topic

  • The Selfless Way of Christ

    The Selfless Way of Christ

    In this short work Henri Nouwen offers a penetrating reflection on the challenge of the spiritual life, especially the call to imitate Christ’s example of “downward mobility.”

  • A Call to Excellence

    A Call to Excellence

  • Improving Your Serve

    Improving Your Serve

    Swindoll re-introduces readers to the gentle art of living unselfishly. He offers clear guidelines on developing a servant’s heart…and challenges readers to realize the rich rewards promised in a life of authentic Christian servanthood.

  • Chasing Daylight

    Chasing Daylight

    We all have dreams, hopes and aspirations. Why, then, do some of us realize our dreams and advance forward while others watch timidly from a distance and hope for a break? Author Edwin McManus reveals the direct relationship between passion and initiative. Chasing Daylight is a call to live life of blazing urgency. We have but one life.

  • Discipleship Defined

    Discipleship Defined

    Written by a pastor of an inner city church in Detroit who is trying to base his church's DNA and growth on discipleship. They have developed a ministry and philosophy that every Christian is a disciple maker.

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