Community Life Church
Sunday, May 19, 2013
serve/sɜrv/ Show Spelled [surv] verb, served, serv·ing, noun
1. to act as a servant.
It is better to give than receive. We all remember the old saying, but when push comes to shove, it's not that easy, right? Self-preservation is within the nature of man - the survival instinct, we must take care of ouselves, we must get what we need (or want). The truth is, we all struggle with the same issue. That's why service flies in the face of what comes so natural to all of us, yet holds the key to unlocking a larger and larger life. Ultimately you can boil it down to the principle of sowing and reaping. We get back what we put in.
How exciting to know the opportunity is available to all of us to set ourselves aside, and in so doing, find ourselves in the middle of a better story. A story written through sacrifice and following the example of Jesus as he instructed us in Matthew 20: 26-28...
"Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served—and then to give away his life in exchange for the many who are held hostage." (The Message)
So what do you say? Shall we give it away?