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Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life: Section 34

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  • 1. Thinking Like a Servant Section 34 Pages 265-271 Monday 15 November 2010
  • 2. Service starts in your mind Monday 15 November 2010
  • 3. To be a servant requires a mental shift - our attitude needs to be changed - God is interested in why we do something. King Amaziah: 2 Chron 25:2 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. Monday 15 November 2010
  • 4. Servants think more about others than about themselves Humility is not thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less. Php 2:4 TM Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Monday 15 November 2010
  • 5. Lose your life by focussing on others. Jesus emptied himself and took the nature of a servant. You cannot be full of yourself and be a servant too. Do you serve to be admired - or to get your own way? Self forgetfulness and denial are rare qualities - Timothy - Php 2:20-21 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. Monday 15 November 2010
  • 6. Servants think like stewards not owners God owns it all - not me, he just trusts me to take care of things - e.g. Joseph. Servant and steward go together. 1 Cor 4:2 - Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. Monday 15 November 2010
  • 7. To be a servant you have to settle the issue of money in your life: Luke 16:13 - “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.You cannot serve both God and money.” Money has the greatest potential to replace God in your life - servants are more concerned with ministry than money Monday 15 November 2010
  • 8. God uses money to test your faithfulness as a servant. Jesus talked more about money than about heaven or hell. Luke 16:11 - So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? Monday 15 November 2010
  • 9. 3. Servants think about their work, not what others are doing They don’t compare, criticise or compete with other ministries - they do the work God has given them to do. Gal 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. We are all on the same team, God’s - don’t spend your time criticising others. Monday 15 November 2010
  • 10. The bad news is that by loving and serving jesus criticism becomes inevitable: Consider Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with nard - Matt 26:8-10 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. Monday 15 November 2010
  • 11. Servants base their identity in Christ A servant is loved and accepted by grace - they have nothing to prove - thus they do things that are “beneath” other people. Jesus washed his disciples feet. Only secure people serve. Monday 15 November 2010
  • 12. “In order to be of service to others we have to die to them; that is, we have to give up measuring our meaning and value with the yardstick of others...thus we become free to be compassionate” Henri Nouwen Servants don’t need titles or special dress, or awards on their walls, or self promotion - James the brother of Jesus called himself a servant - James 1:1 Monday 15 November 2010
  • 13. Servants think of their ministry as an opportunity not an obligation Ps 100:2 - serve the Lord with gladness It is out of our relationship to, and grace from, Jesus that we should enjoy serving. John 12:26 - Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. Monday 15 November 2010
  • 14. Heb 6:10 - 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. Monday 15 November 2010
  • 15. Point to ponder To be a servant you must think like a servant Monday 15 November 2010
  • 16. Verse to remember Php 2:5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus Monday 15 November 2010
  • 17. Question to consider Am I usually more concerned about being served or finding ways to serve others? Monday 15 November 2010