God's Call to Servanthood by David Cawston

God's Call to Servanthood
David Cawston
John 13:1-17


Introduction:

Jesus knew the importance to servanthood - serving others!
7. "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."
12 "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them.
13 "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am.
14 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.

There are some important truths that are never realized in your life if you do not participate with this principal.

The lessons of servanthood cannot be learned through head knowledge they can only be experienced!

Even our society and political leadership is aware of that!
John Kennedy - Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country!

Coincidentally!
Summit on Volunteerism in Philadelphia
Starts today through Tuesday.
Today Clinton, three former presidents and co-chairman Gen. Colin Powell will issue a call for citizen service to all Americans.

Middle class volunteers over the years have long acknowledged that they gain as much as they give!

Needy people likewise have figured out that they have to do good out in the world in order to help themselves. It makes them strong! When you have done the work - you speak with the voice of ownership!

Two enemies of service
1. Self-centeredness
result of the fall
I deserve
I Have my rights!
What about my needs?
I Don't care!
Let somebody else do it!
Illustration:
Years ago, a doctor named Frederick Loomis wrote the following "prescription" to treat man's preoccupation with himself :

The best way to break this vicious, morbid cycle of thinking about yourself is to start thinking about other people. You can lighten your own load by doing something for someone else.
By the simple device of doing an outward, unselfish ...


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