THE BLESSED LIFE — 4 Heart to Serve Believers Statesboro 02-28-10

Adapted from “The Heart of Serving” Dino Rizzo

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (NKJ)

That’s what Jesus wants for you – “Abundant Life”, The Blessed Life.

He wants you to not only have eternal life with Him in heaven, but He also wants your life right now, right here on this earth, to be full, meaningful, rewarding, blessed and abundant!

The GREEK word for abundant: superior or beyond measure.

THE KEY TO THE BLESSED LIFE IS A HEART TO SERVE. John 13:3-17

In John 13, Jesus and His twelve disciples are invited to a dinner party.

When they arrived, there was a servant’s towel (much like this one), a basin, and pitcher of water.

The thing that was missing was the servant who was, according to custom, to wash the feet of the dinner guests.

None of the disciples volunteered to wash the others’ feet or the feet of their Savior.

Jesus set the ultimate example and washed the disciples’ feet.

John 13:17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. (NIV)

  • Unapologetically, Jesus called every one of His followers to acts of kindness and servant hood like foot washing.
  • Jesus asked them to see a need and then step up and meet that need to serve.

A Practical Example

Jesus had just given them a real and practical example of an act of service and kindness that He wanted them to start doing.

John 13:13-14"You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.

Jesus was saying that:

  • Acts of service were not below Him, so they ought not be below us either.
  • If He, our Teacher and our Lord, the second person in the Trinity, God in the flesh, if washing feet was something He would do…He expected us to do it too.

Why?

Why is Jesus asking us to live this way? “You will be blessed …. if you do them.”

THE KEY TO THE BLESSED LIFE IS A HEART TO SERVE.

Knowing Vs Doing

In Verse 17, Jesus separated the difference between knowing and doing.

John 13:17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. (NIV)

Awareness and Timing

1. AWARENESS

· Jesus saw what happened that day in the context of what was happening in His team. He was aware that there was some in-fighting going on among the disciples – jealousy and positioning.

· Having the heart of a servant would put an end to in-fighting and bickering.

2. TIMING

· This story occurred in the last hours before Jesus went to the cross.

John 13:1a It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father.

· People tend to only talk about the most important things in their last hours.

John 13:1b Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. (NIV)

THE PATH TO BLESSING

1. If you don’t learn to serve in secret, you won’t serve in public.

2. If you don’t learn how to love and serve the house of God, then you won’t be able to be

used by God.

3. If you don’t learn how to serve in the insignificant, in the small, in the areas no one else wants to,

then how can you serve anywhere else?

Luke 16:10 Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

4. The cause of Christ goes through the heart of serving.

HOW IS YOUR HEART TO SERVE?

Is your heart beating for the cause of Christ? Is it beating to serve others?

TRAITS FOR A HEART TO SERVE

1. HAS A WILLINGNESS TO GET INVOLVED. John 13:4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.

2. GOES LOW TO BRING UP Jesus stooped down, He got low, a sign of humility. He humbled Himself and washed the feet that would run away from Him at His crucifixion, but would later carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Isa 52:7)

3. SEES PEOPLE BEYOND WHERE THEY ARE THROUGH THE GRACE AND MERCY OF CHRIST. As Jesus washed the feet, He saw beyond where they were. Sometimes, we have to stoop down and let them know that there is hope. Jesus went low to bring us up.

4. HAS A WILLINGNESS TO GET MESSY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I don’t think the disciples ever forgot this lesson, the day Jesus got messy to make a difference. Peter was the first to say, “not me, Lord, don’t do this for me. It is not right for someone of your position.”

Matt 20:28 “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his

life as a ransom for many."

Phil 2:9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is

above every name…

Do all you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can,

to all the people you can, as long as you can. John Wesley

THE KEY TO THE BLESSED LIFE IS A HEART TO SERVE.

TALK IT OVER

· Share a time in your life when you served in secret. How did God use that time to bless you?

· Discuss the blessing you’ve received from serving in our church now.

· If you aren’t serving, what will you do to get started, even if it wouldn’t be your top pick? (You can’t start by preaching!)

· To have a more blessed life in the next year, how will you step into serving in the insignificant, in the small, and the areas no one else wants to?

Don’t go through the week without talking with someone about how this message spoke to you. Watch the Talk It Over video and/or Print a Talk It Over study guide from Life Church at www.lifechurch.tv/talkitover. Or download our sermon notes at believersstatesboro.com.

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