What Motivates One To Serve? by Nelson Price

WHAT MOTIVATES ONE TO SERVE?
NELSON PRICE
JOHN 12:20-32
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JESUS CHRIST said, "if anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and
where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me,
Him My Father will honor" (John 12:26).

People are desirously looking for a way to have a fulfilling life.
There is a way well defined.

"The ant knows the formula for the anthill. The bee knows the
formula for the beehive. They do not know the formulas in a
human way, but in their own way. Only man does not know his
formula." DOSTOEVSKY

Our text states man's formula. A group of Greeks came asking
Philip to aid them in getting to see Jesus. Jesus had spent much of
His life ministering along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Caravan
routes from Europe, Asia, and Africa ran along those shores.
Persons from all three continents had been exposed to Christ and
His teachings. Reports of His teaching drew these Greeks back to
see Him. They wanted Him to come with them to Greece and be
made a king.

I. THE SERVICE OF PASSIONATE DEVOTION

A. Source of Devotion "loves" (Vs. 25)

Love of Jesus Christ ONLY is the source of proper devotion. Jesus
does not seek devotion to a principle, but to Him.

For many Christians service is something one does; to Christ it is
what one IS to Him.

Our love for Him will not permit us to ask Him for help, if we are not
making any effort; for strength, if we have strength we are not
using; for guidance, if we ignore guidance we already have; for
forgiveness, if we continue to hate someone; for mercy, if we intend
no expression of it.

Love is the source of devotion.

Dr. Richard Clark Cabbot and his colleagues at Mayo Clinic
released the results of a clinical study regarding factors influencing
good health. They concluded there are four:

WORK, PLAY, LOVE, AND WORSHIP.

The importance of love can't be overly emphasized.

B. Secret of Disaster "loving ones own life ...


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