Serving Others

I heard a great sermon by Brad Russell and I wanted to share part of his message with you this morning. He is the Lead Pastor at the Groove Church in Titusville, Florida. I want to share the 3M play for serving other in your community.

1. Make yourself Available. Matthew 25:38-40 says, “When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or or needing clothes and cloth you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go and visit you? “The King will rely, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” When we serve others, we serve God! The number one ingredient to serving is availability. We need to be present in people’s lives. But the greatest enemy of availability is busy! If Satan can’t make you bad, he will make you busy!

2. Meet the needs of people around you. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s Grace in it’s various forms. God has gifted each follow of Christ with a gift, and that gift was given to us to encourage others! The Church is the only organization that exist for those outside of their organization. Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man didn’t come to be served, but to serve, and to hive his life as a ransom for many.”

3. Move People Towards Jesus. Our job is not to be this world’s savior, our job is to point them to Jesus. He is their hope and Savior! Our job isn’t to pull people out of sin and darkness, but to point them to Jesus! John the Baptism was a great example. He was the forerunner of Christ. He wasn’t the answer for sin, guilt, and shame. But everything he did, pointed others to Christ.

This morning I want to encourage you to serve the Lord with all you heart by serving others! Use this 3M strategy to make sure we are loving on others the way that Jesus loved. Make yourself available. Meet the needs of people around you. Move others to Christ. God bless!

Personal Note

As I start to write, I am not sure what I even want to say. But I just want to share what is going on inside of me. I know God has called me to a life time of ministry and He has taken 52 years to prepare me! God has given me a passion like never before that is burning inside of me. It is like a fire that is blazing and it get stronger and stronger. As I look back on the last 30 years of ministry, I wish I could go back and change a couple of things! But as it stands, God is using all my experience to teach me, guide me, and prepare me for what He is about to show me. I am approaching the last 1/3 of my life and I am tired of the norm! For the first 2/3’s of my life I have been doing everything in my power to reach and to love on people. My strength and wisdom is not enough! Lord, thank you for what you have been showing me and placing in my heart! It’s scary but also exciting!

God I want to do ministry your way! I want to rely on your power and strength! Lord kill me and then fill me. I am tired of going through the motions of doing church and walking through life with no reliance on You. Show me your complete picture of what you are calling me to, and help me to walk in obedience! Man working for God is one thing, but God working in man is quite another! Take over Lord, move in me, stir up passion, and place me where you desire! Lord, don’t let me settle on something that is not God sized, or something I can do on my own. But help me to follow you no matter the cost.

Let’s Go Lord! I am yours! Christ in me, the Hope of all Glory! You lead, and I will follow. I hear you Lord.