January 27, 2019
New Year Disciplines For Success (Part 5) – Ps. George Mosena
The Discipline Of Serving
Many people desire to be successful. People want to be successful for different reasons in their personal lives and careers. Many people aspire to be great so that they may be seen. True success is not about being seen (being on a pedestal) but about serving other people.
Mark 10:35 (NLT) – Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.” 36 “What is your request?” he asked. 37 They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink from the bitter cup of suffering I am about to drink? Are you able to be baptized with the baptism of suffering I must be baptized with?” 39 “Oh yes,” they replied, “we are able!” Then Jesus told them, “You will indeed drink from my bitter cup and be baptized with my baptism of suffering. 40 But I have no right to say who will sit on my right or my left. God has prepared those places for the ones he has chosen.”
Many people want to be great but do not want to take the great responsibility that comes with the position of leadership. There is a price to pay for greatness!
Mark 10:41 (NLT) – 41 When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. 42 So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 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.”
The way to greatness is to serve! Purpose in your to serve. In your service, don’t give just a little, Jesus gave ALL of Himself. Go all in when you serve, never mind any of the negative comments.
Do not serve to be recognised by people. Do not strive for accolades from people, but seek approval from God. Jesus came to serve and not to be served. Whose leadership model are you using?
You can tell if one is a TRUE SERVANT by the way they react when treated like a SERVANT!
1 Peter 4:10 (NLT) – God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
The more we serve the more God exalts you to perform better.
Phillipians 2:4-8 (NLT) – Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Jesus did not come to earth top shine, but to serve!
People who serve others are the happiest! Do you have a happy life? Embrace the call to serve
We are called to serve and have an attitude of service.