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True Greatness

Friday, July 8th, 2016

But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11

1. FIND HAPPINESS IN SERVING OTHERS. If you want to have greatness, get involved with a life of serving. Jesus came not “to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). The world is skewed in valuing what’s important, grabbing at any form of happiness available. But the true recipe for happiness is to do something good for somebody else.

“One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” –Albert Schweitzer, theologian and physician

2. USE YOUR GIFT TO SERVE OTHERS. We all have aspirations to live great lives and bear a lot of fruit. But a follower of Jesus knows that the greatest in God’s kingdom is a servant (Matthew 23:11). God anoints for greatness every believer who understands the invitation to serve.

Through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13b

3. SERVE IN THE LITTLE THINGS. Don’t underestimate the “little” moments of kindness—letting someone go ahead of you in line, picking up a piece of trash, praying for someone, making a phone call, or writing a simple note. These are all divine encounters coming from a heart of servanthood. And that is true greatness.

Honor God & Help People.
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Great, adj.
Of significant importance or consequence. Of exceptional talents or achievements; remarkable.

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The Value of Serving

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

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. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 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.” Mark 10:42-45 NLT

1. SERVE THROUGH LOVE. (Galatians 5:13b) The only time in the Bible we are told to compete with others is to outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10). We are going to win the world not by flashy methods or by prowess or by badgering people, but by showing our care and love for them. So let’s get up every day and figure out how to serve others.

2. SERVE WITH GLADNESS. (Psalm 100:2) When we choose to walk in joy, strength will follow. We are at our best when we humble ourselves and serve not as doormats but with all our hearts, in the strength of joy and gladness.

3. SERVE WITH FAITHFULNESS. Jesus doesn’t condemn the desire to be significant. In fact, He teaches us the way to do it: the path to greatness is found in servanthood. Don’t be afraid that serving people will make you less esteemed or that others will misinterpret your standing. When you are faithful in the small things, in the seemingly menial things, God will expand opportunities for you. At the end of our lives we should long to hear these words from Jesus: “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION
A generous person will prosper; when I refresh others, I will also be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25b NLT). The greatest in the Kingdom is a servant of all, and I choose to serve others with joy and gladness.

Serve, verb
To be of use.To be worthy of reliance or trust.

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A Life of Serving

Monday, February 13th, 2012

But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Matthew 23:11

If you want to have greatness, get involved with a life of serving. Jesus came not “to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). The world is skewed in valuing what’s important, grabbing at any form of happiness that can be found. But a follower of Jesus knows that the greatest in God’s kingdom is a servant (Matthew 23:11). Here’s a ten-step recipe for happiness: Do something good for somebody and then repeat it elsewhere nine more times.

“One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” –Albert Schweitzer, theologian and physician

We all have aspirations to live great lives and bear a lot of fruit. God anoints for greatness every believer that understands the invitation to serve. You do have a gift, and God calls you to use it to serve others (1 Peter 4:10).

Don’t underestimate the “little” moments of kindness—letting someone go ahead of you in line, promptings to pray, a phone call, a simple note. These are all divine encounters coming from a heart of servanthood. This church is what it is because of those who serve, because of all of you who have given your lives to honor God and help people. And that is true greatness.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2012 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.

A Heart to Serve Others

Monday, May 16th, 2011

“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.” Matthew 20:26-28

A Different Way. These words of Jesus provide an example that is totally different from the human framework we inherited from man’s fall. Stop and really think about it. It’s incredible that God was born in a manger and not in a palace. Jesus did the opposite of what the people of the time thought revolutionaries were supposed to do—He didn’t brag or try to get praise—He came to serve. And through that, He altered the eternal course of humanity.

Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:4

Refreshing. Sometimes it seems as if seasons of refreshing elude us, but they are available when we abandon our constant introspection and preoccupation with “me, me, me” and get out and serve others. I’m most miserable when I have my arms crossed in inaction. But when I recognize that God has done something good through my life, when I become grateful, when I praise and worship God—I am refreshed.

Acts of Love. God wants to anoint your daily routine. Start praying on a daily basis: “Here I am, God, use me,” and let the Holy Spirit use you. The little things you do for people—a text, a thank you, a door held open, an extra tip—are the big things. If we function in these little acts of love with the heart of a servant, we can create a revolution in our world.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2011 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Your Life Is Valuable

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Don’t underestimate your life. Jesus is the head of the Church and we are the body. While the world celebrates the visual part of the body, the seemingly unimportant things are what really make the body tick.

But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable. 1 Corinthians 12:20-23

Jesus designed the Church to have variety, and each gift is important. If the little toe is missing from the foot, the whole body finds it hard to balance. Christianity is not about the performance of one celebrity or the function of a few “cool people,” but it is the “proper working of each individual part” (Ephesians 4:16)—that means you and your unique gifts are crucial, even if you feel like you are just a little toe!

There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord who is served. God works through different men in different ways, but it is the same God who achieves his purposes through them all. Each man is given his gift by the Spirit that he may make the most of it. 1 Corinthians 12:5-7 J.B. Phillips Translation

The best way to understand God’s plan for the Church is to start with yourself and figure out what God’s particular gift-download is in you. As you meditate on the Word and see yourself how God sees you, you will break out of insecurity, painful comparisons, and others’ molds, and be who God called you to be!

Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity. Romans 12:2 J. B. Phillips Translation

Look to Jesus,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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