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To serve and not to be served

The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve… —Matthew 20:28
We somehow have the idea that a person called to the ministry is called to be different and above other people. But according to Jesus Christ, he is called to be a “doormat” for others— called to be their spiritual leader, but never their superior.
Ministry is about serving! This is what Jesus was trying to get the disciples to grasp, and it is prayer that we will gain a better understanding of it as well today. 
Whether you are on staff or if you are serving as a volunteer here this morning we must not get to a place where we believe the lie that “we are better than those we are to serve!”
V21 Jesus ask “what do you want?” 
So what is it you want today, do you want to serve or are you looking to be served? 
You can’t have both dear friends; to be a servant of Jesus means you are to serve EVERYONE all the time.
Paul’s idea of service was to pour his life out to the last drop for others. But the chief motivation behind Paul’s service [it] was not love for others but [his] love for his Lord. If our devotion is to the cause of humanity, we will be quickly defeated and broken-hearted, since we will often be confronted with a great deal of ingratitude from other people. But if we are motivated by our love for God, no amount of ingratitude will be able to hinder us from serving one another.
Paul’s understanding of how Christ had dealt with him is the secret behind his determination to serve others. “I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man…” (1 Timothy 1:13). In other words, no matter how badly others may have treated Paul, they could never have treated him with the same degree of spite and hatred with which he had treated Jesus Christ.
Once we realize that Jesus has served us even to the depths of our meagerness, our selfishness, and our sin, nothing we encounter from others will be able to exhaust our determination to serve others for His sake.
Let me leave you with this final thought;
Genesis 1.27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” This is the scripture I hold dear in my heart towards all men if I believe that we are all created in His image then what right do I have to disrespect any of His children. Like Paul I take no glory in my sin but to remember how wretched I was and how wretched I still am apart from Him. If I desire to serve His people I must first desire to be His servant. Only then will I have the capacity to serve those He has placed me under as a minister - Pastor J

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Jesus is the Way

In John 14 the disciples are reminded that despite how grim the future might look that we can look to God and trust that our unknown future is held together by Him. Isaiah states that His ways are higher than our ways and that His word will go forth and do what it is meant to do. Thomas asks a question that I myself have asked many times in the middle of trial, difficulty or confusion:  "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"
Instead of a pat answer or a list of directions Jesus offers three things in the following verse: "I am the way, the truth and the life". He offers Himself. He is the I AM spoken of from eternity. "The way is our new manner of thought process and journey through life that coincides with the Eternal." We have a new relationship with God through Christ and although life can be challenging at times this new life is a blessed life full of purpose:  To glorify Him and to enjoy Him forever!
He offers His Word:  He is the truth personified. He is that which most pertains to reality. We know Jesus to be Him who was prophesied long ago. He has indeed fulfilled the prophecies about Himself, so much so that the odds against one person fulfilling just eight prophecies are an astronomical-one in ten to the 21st power (1021), but Jesus fulfilled 61 specific prophecies about himself. He is truly who scripture says He is.
Finally he offers the promise of Life. He offers to not only give us life abundantly. But He himself is our life. The scriptures declare that upon us committing our lives to Jesus that our "lives are now hidden in Christ" truly the hope of glory! His kingdom, his work, is what now consumes our lives. Sharing His love, hope and peace  because we've experienced it ourselves is what motivates us to continue sharing the Good News!  Jesus is the central cause and focus of every living thing
! May you seek His face, encounter His grace and follow Him intimately so much that you become a reflection of His love and grace to all men. God bless!
Pastor Enrique
CC New Harvest

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