Here’s reason #23 we believe in Jesus-
Reason #23 (December 23rd) – The Humble Service of Jesus
Key Text: Philippians 2:3-11, Matthew 20:25-28
3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage. 7 Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, 8 He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth— 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
25 But Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles dominate them, and the men of high position exercise power over them. 26 It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.”
Teaching: We expect kings and queens to lord their position over those they rule. They live in exquisite accommodations and eat the best food that money can buy. They have servants who tend to their every need and militaries that go to war at their command. They demand the love and adoration of their subjects and use their position for their own gain. But Jesus, who the Bible claims to be the King of all kings, came not clothed in power, but clothed in humility. He came to serve others, not be served, and trained his followers to be servants to the least in society. The birth, life, and death of Jesus were all marked by humility, and He used his power and strength to help, not use, others. Another reason we believe in this King – unique not only in what He did, but how He did it.
SERVE someone, somewhere! Opportunities include the Round Rock Serving Center, your neighbors, younger siblings, etc…and be creative! Think about the person you are serving – do something that would bless them, even if it requires sacrifice on your part. While you are serving, talk about the model that Jesus gave us in serving.