It Doesn't Come Naturally by Larry Wynn

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IT DOESN’T COME NATURALLY
MATTHEW 20:20-28
APRIL 26, 1998 A.M.
SUBJECT: SERVANT
SERIES: PICK UP THE TOWEL
Larry Wynn

I. INTRODUCTION


A. “OUR WORLD HAS BECOME A LARGE,
IMPERSONAL, BUSY INSTITUTION. WE ARE
ALIENATED FROM EACH OTHER. ALTHOUGH
CROWDED, WE ARE LONELY. DISTANT.
PUSHED TOGETHER, BUT UNINVOLVED. NO
LONGER DO MOST NEIGHBORS VISIT ACROSS
THE BACKYARD FENCE. THE WELL-
MANICURED FRONT LAWN IS THE MODERN
MOAT THAT KEEPS BARBARIANS AT BAY.
HOARDING AND FLAUNTING HAVE
REPLACED SHARING AND CARING. IT’S LIKE
WE ARE OCCUPYING COMMON SPACE BUT
HAVE NO COMMON INTEREST, AS IF WE’RE
ON AN ELEVATOR WITH RULES LIKE: “NO
TALKING, SMILING, OR EYE CONTACT
ALLOWED WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT OF
THE MANAGEMENT.”

B. THIS IS A PRETTY BLEAK PICTURE.

1. IT’S SAD TO THINK WE HAVE BECOME
SO BUSY WE HAVE ALIENATED
OURSELVES FROM ONE ANOTHER.

2. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, OFTEN
FROM THE HIGHWAYS TO THE BOARD
ROOM, TO THE COMMUNITY, IT’S
EVERYONE FOR HIMSELF.



3. THIS IS NOT HOW LIFE WAS INTENDED
TO BE LIVED.

C. THERE IS AN ANSWER

1. THE ANSWER IS NOT WHAT MOST
WOULD THINK IT TO BE.

2. IN FACT THE ANSWER IS FOUND IN A
CONCEPT THAT IS PRETTY MUCH
FOREIGN TO MODERN THOUGHT,
ESPECIALLY IN OUR CULTURE.

D. THE GOOD NEWS IS WE CAN DO SOMETHING
TO CHANGE THE ATTITUDE AND APPROACH
OF PEOPLE IN OUR CULTURE TO ONE
ANOTHER AND THE WORLD.

II. THE ANSWER. MATTHEW 20:20-28

A. THE ANSWER IS COMPELLING

1. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT IT WOULD
BE EASIER IF WE COULD LIVE IN
JESUS’ DAY?

2. THINGS WERE NOT MUCH DIFFERENT
THEN THAN NOW.

a. JESUS’ POPULARITY WAS ON
THE RISE.

b. HIS FOLLOWERS WERE
ANXIOUS ABOUT BEING
RECOGNIZED AS MEMBERS OF
HIS CHOSEN GROUP.


c. THE STORY IS MADE MORE
INTERESTING BY THE PRESENCE
OF MRS. ZEBEDEE, WIFE OF A
GALILEAN FISHERMAN AND
MOTHER OF JAMES AND JOHN.

d. SHE WAS PROUD OF HER SONS.
SHE WAS LOOKING OUT FOR
THEIR BES ...


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