Hi kids, we’re going to talk about what it means to serve others in a way that glorifies or gives honor to God. Did you know that other people give thanks to God when they see you doing good works? Whatever situation you enter into you need to ask, “What needs to be done?”
What if I handed you a bucket and a sponge and asked you: What needs to be done? What would you do with this sponge and bucket?
… < You should really ask your mom or dad if they want you to do that task…>
What if I handed you a broom and a dust pan and asked you: What needs to be done?
What if I handed you a pen and notecard and asked you: What needs to be done?
…<maybe you could write a sympathy note for someone who is ill or a thank you note or a friendship note – effective written communication has a lasting and endearing effect…>
Notice I didn’t tell you what to do, rather I wanted to instill in your mind for you to look around and figure out what act of service you needed to perform and to listen for the Holy Spirit’s guidance on who needs help and what help they need. Maybe you can help or maybe you need to go get help. But whatever situation you are in, wherever you may be, you should have an attitude of looking for performing acts of service by asking, “What needs to be done?”
John 15:5 Jesus told his disciples at the Last Supper: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
Wow, did you get that? You can do lots of things, but you can do nothing to honor God apart from being in Jesus!
Jesus Christ performed an act of service for all of his disciples at the Last Supper. He went around and washed their feet. Here he was the leader but he worked as a servant for his followers. He was demonstrating sacrificial love when he washed the feet of Judas Iscariot, who he knew would betray him to death on the cross.
Matthew 20:28 Jesus said, “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:44-45 Jesus said: “whoever wants to be first must be servant of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Doing acts of service is to get you to look and think outside yourselves and learn to help other people.
John 13:34-35 Jesus told his disciples at the Last Supper: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Philippians 2:3-4 Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Serving others as guided by the Holy Spirit is the greatest way of worshiping God. Worshiping and serving meant the same thing and were present in the early church.
2 Corinthians 9:12-13 Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians the need to support the members of this new church and missionary efforts: “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.”
It is also a way of honoring God who has given you spiritual gifts (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) to put them to use – for these gifts are meant to be used to bless and help others come to see Jesus as we see him.
1 Peter 4:10 Peter told the believers: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
In Hebrews 6:10 we are told, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
Matthew 25:35-40 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous [saints] will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 5:15-16 Jesus said, "Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."