Developing a Servant's Spirit by Rick Ferguson

Developing a Servant's Spirit
Rick Ferguson
John 13:1-17


Note: Jesus is to become our new standard for life. We are to live and serve as He did.

Jn. 13:14-15 ''Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet.'' (15) ''I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.''

A.I Want To Suggest 10 New Standards Or Attitudes That Must Be Adopted As You Develop A Servant's Spirit.

1. A servant is willing to suffer injustice without seeking retaliation.

(a) Jesus was our perfect model of how to live out of a servant's spirit.

1 Pet. 2:21-23 ''To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (22) ''He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.'' (23) ''When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.''

(b) The fact is, everyone of us will suffer injustices in our lives. Somewhere, somehow, someone will treat us cruelly and unfairly.

(c) How do you respond?

(d) A servant responds in ''grace and forgiveness entrusting Himself to God who judges justly.'' (1 Pet. 2:23)

2. A servant is willing to serve without recognition.

(a) Have you ever noticed how many people are lined up to get into the ''limelight?''
(b) Jesus, our model, served without any demand for limelight or recognition. He served without fanfare or accolades.
(c) Notice how strongly Jesus condemned the Pharisees for seeking the accolades and applause of men.

Read Mt. 23:1-12

(d) A servant needs no public applause. They serve out of joy in their service and obedience.

Ex: When I have people say to me, ''I have done such and such for all these years, and no one has ever noticed or recognized me.'' I think to myself, ''My friend, you have just forfeited y ...

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