Encountering the Real Jesus:How Can I Serve You?

Keith Chandler, Journey Christian Church

Jesus redefines greatness. He gives us a new picture. He says, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of God. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” —Matthew 18:3-4

THAT’S what greatness looks like. So, I just want to help us in taking the first step in applying this to our life. I want to ask a question and it is this:

How can I serve you?

When we begin to ask this question; this is new kingdom living. This is a brand new way of doing things and this will completely change your family dynamic.

How can I serve you?

When you begin to say this it will completely change your work dynamic. Jesus says, whoever wants to be first must take the last place and be the servant of everyone else.

How can I serve you?

So what does this look like? If you’re a parent, depending on what stage of parenting you’re in, things can turn negative with your children very quickly. What if, in the next week, instead of getting on them for something they should have done, you just say, “How can I serve you? What can I do for you?” And see what happens.

See what doors may begin to open between you and your children.

If you’re in high school, come up to your parents and say, “How can I serve you?”

It will so blow them away that they won’t know what to say and they will say nothing to you. So you’ll get credit for asking, but you won’t have to do anything. It’s perfect!

Ladies, when you say this to your husbands or significant others it says, “I’m aware that you carry a burden. I’m aware of the responsibility and the weight that you carry.

I want to leverage my time for you. How can I serve you?”

Guys, I know this question scares us to death because you fear what they might say.

“I don’t want to say it, because I might have to DO something.”

But the truth is, some of your wives are afraid to ask for help because of what you usually say. So when you ask, “How can I serve you?” it opens up a door to loving your spouse.

You may be in a job that feels competitive. You’re always looking behind your back.

This question, “How can I serve you?” will completely change the dynamic of your office. If you’re a boss; and you begin to ask this of the people who work for you, it will change everything.

This question here will open up the door for you to share your faith. Treat everyone like they are important, because they are. Jesus says that’s what greatness looks like.

Not to use people to get what you want out of them, but to serve people the way that Jesus served. It’s NOT easy, but it’s not complicated either.

Mike Yaconelli wrote a book called Dangerous Wonder. He writes, “We are in a war between dullness and astonishment. The most critical issue facing Christians is dullness. We have lost our astonishment. The Good News is no longer good news, it is okay news. Christianity is no longer life-changing, it is life-enhancing. Jesus doesn’t change people into wild-eyed radicals anymore.”

I think he wants to.

What would it look like for you to redefine your faith? For you to begin tomorrow to leverage whatever power, whatever authority you have to serve other people, and just ask this question: “How can I serve you?”

Until next month,

Keith
7708 Van Dyke Rd, Odessa
813-920-0442
Services Sunday at 10:00
www.tampajourney.com

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