Christian Passions: Servanthood

“Love is more than a feeling; it is a tangible reality when it is shared with other people through acts of selfless service. The early church fostered the notion that serving other people was the best means of demonstrating the example that Jesus had set for them.” ( Revolution 23- 24)

How true this is!! Serving one another began right at the outset of the kingdom. In Acts 2 we learn how that people considered others much more important that themselves. This happened in some extravagant ways. One of which was the fact that they sold all of their possessions and gave to each other equally. This not only show the power of God in them, but the love of Jesus and concern for each other over the concern for “stuff.”

I believe that serving others is one of the keys, if not the greatest one, to getting the message of Jesus into their hearts. It’s an extremely old quote that still rings true that says, “people don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.” People are not “prospects for conversion” or trophies that we place on the mantel of evangelism. People away from Christ need only one thing–the love of Jesus to reside in them as Lord, Savior, and King! Serving them is the beginning of getting Him into them.

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5 responses to “Christian Passions: Servanthood

  • Greg England

    I remember hearing Bill Hybels last year say that the Willow Creek model is completely outdated for this present generation. It’s no longer about a “seeker” mentality. What the present generation seeks is a church that cares enough to serve. Hybels at least is wise enough to realize it’s time to change the style of a very successful minstry to reach a new generation. It’s very much a “Jesus” thing, isn’t it? To serve.

  • cwinwc

    First, praise God about Danielle. I’ve been out of touch for a while. Second, the approach you mentioned does take longer but I believe it is closer to Biblical truth when It comes to discipling folks and they will grow deeper roots in Christ.

  • Bobby Valentine

    That is a big thrust of the “emergent” mentality as well. I find it near and dear to my heart as well.

    Shalom,
    Bobby Valentine

  • Matt Dabbs

    I couldn’t agree with you more. We have all sorts of fellowship activities and almost no service activities. One of the Greek words for worship is the same as service. We may believe others are more important than ourselves but we don’t really understand it until we do it. Then the light comes on and people will never be the same again. That is the real call to be Christian – like Christ. It isn’t about believing all that Jesus believed (although proper doctrine is important) it is also living like He lived – in service to others. When we capture the servant heart of Jesus the transformation of our lives go even deeper. God bless and glad to hear the EEG went well.

  • Larry LaBarge

    It seems that when we focus on self, we have the tendency to serve self. When focused on God, it’s almost like we can’t help but to serve God and His people.

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