SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

WALKING THE SERVANT-ROAD

by Robert Dawson


Walking the Servant-Road
Robert Dawson
Mark 10:32-52


For some reason, a favorite question asked of children (and teens) is ''What do you want to be when you grow up?'' The younger they are the more interesting and entertaining the response. You may hear answers that range from, ''I want to be a policeman, fireman, doctor, nurse or teacher all the way to professional athlete, singer, actress or superhero.'' One little guy responded, ''I want to be a mechanic or a garbage collector.'' When asked why, his reasoning was simple and straight forward, he said, ''So I can get really dirty!'' Understood my man!

Charles Swindoll encourages us to take that question and ask it a different way. Let's imagine asking Jesus want He wants us to be when we grow up. He said, ''I honestly believe He would give the same answer to every one of us: 'I want you to be different...I want you to be a servant.' In all my life, I cannot recall anybody ever saying that when he grew up he wanted to be a servant. It sounds lowly, humiliating and lacking in dignity.''Swindoll; Improving Your Serve pg 91 (No honor or glory in that).`

This is exactly the life Jesus has called us to, a life of servanthood.
1. It does not fit society's or even our own definition of success.
2. The road of service is the road to spiritual maturity and success in God's Kingdom.
3. Those who have ''grown up'' are those who have embraced a life of service.
4. It is counterintuitive. Greatness in God's Kingdom is determined by depth of our service and sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel and others.

If we are not willing to be a servant, serving God by serving others, then we cannot follow Jesus. Jesus walked the road of sacrifice and servanthood.
1. It's easier to admire Jesus than to follow Jesus. It's easier to sing about Jesus than serve like Jesus. It's easier to learn about Jesus than live like Jesus. He takes us places that our pride does not want to go.
2. A statement I read sums up ou ...

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