Read Mark 10:31-45
“And Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” (Mark 10:42-45 ESV)
Jesus is the ultimate, perfect example of a man who walked by the Power of the indwelling Spirit of God, and He did not Lord His leadership over us. He came to serve and die by serving.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8 ESV)
“God doesn’t need your good works, but other people do.” Martin Luther
Where do we get caught in the snare of the devil?
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:1-4 ESV)
Check your hearts, is there pride in you for serving the needy? Ask God to change your hearts to serve others for His sake, not to look good.
“So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:17 ESV)
How do we keep ourselves focused on Christ’s finished work of the Gospel?
Who is really giving/serving here?
“Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” (James 1:16-18 ESV)
“The Giver gets the Glory,” John Piper. Read Colossians 1:15-20.
“And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.” (Colossians 1:18 ESV)
Effort should from gratitude, contentment, and acceptance in Jesus’ death and resurrection.