November 23, 2012

Service Over Self

“… Even as the son of man came not to be served, but to serve…” – Matthew 20:28

Jesus Christ, the greatest leader of all time, said, I didn’t come to be served, but I came to serve. He was saying satisfaction comes from serving. But this is the exact opposite of what our culture says today. Society says to serve yourself first. Meet your own needs. Look out for number one. Take care of yourself first. That’s why we have so many unhappy people today. They are running on empty, and they’ve never pulled into God’s full-service station and discovered what it’s all about. They are dissatisfied because they are at the wheel of their life, and they’ve set themselves up as god. We don’t know where to turn. We don’t know where to go because we can’t see the future. We don’t know what the road ahead has in store for us, so we make a lot of wrong decisions, and we make a mess of things.

I want you to see a benefit of living a full-service life. When I live a full-service life in a self-serving world, my tank gets filled unintentionally. How many of you would say you wait until your gas tank is a quarter of a tank, three-fourths down, then you fill it up? How many of you would say you wait until the needle is way past E, and you’re running on fumes, and you coast in, out of gas? In life, it’s not okay to run on fumes. Most people today are just running on fumes in life. Their emotional tank is empty. Their spiritual tank is empty. Their physical tank is empty. They are running on fumes because they don’t know they can stop at God’s full-service station. They’ve been focusing in on themselves, thinking that’s how their tank gets filled. They don’t understand this law of life, that when you focus on others, your tank gets filled unintentionally.

Look at Luke 6:38. It talks about it. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” It’s the principle of life. Whatever you need in life, you give it away.  This is the exact opposite of what we think we should do, but it’s a principle of life, it’s the law of life. For example, if you need more energy, give away energy, exercise and you’ll get back energy. If you need more time, give away some of your time to make a difference in the life of someone else, and God will help you get more done in your day. If you have a financial need, you give, it’s all through scripture. What can you give away in your life to fill your spiritual tank today?