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A New Beginning in Service (4 of 7)
Series: All Things New
Pastor Brad Whitt
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning and be finding your place at Luke 22 if you would. We are continuing this morning in our series of studies for the New Year on what are known as "the spiritual disciplines" that we have entitled, "All Things New." We've talked so far about how to have a new beginning with your bible. We've talked about how to have a new beginning in prayer. And this morning I want to talk to you about how to have a new beginning in service.
You know, I got to thinking about how important this whole discipline of service was this past week, and on a practical level, this may very well be one of the most important of all the spiritual disciplines, because when you live a life of service you not only experience personal growth, you encourage others around you to service which in turn enables them to experience personal growth, which encourages even more to service and growth. It's kind of like stacking up and knocking down dominos. Your service enables and encourages even more service. So, don't ever get the idea that service is a little thing or only for little people. If you ever want to be great in the eyes of God, then you'll have to learn to live a life of service.
ILLUS: Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Anybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love."
ILLUS: "God is not looking for more stars. He's looking for more servants." Howard Hendricks.
No wonder Jesus says here in Luke 22, beginning in verse 25, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called 'benefactors.' 26 "But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 "For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves."
Which is why at the end of that first Lord's Supper, Jesus got up, wrapped a towel around his waist and began to wash the disciple's feet. You see, just as the cross is the sign of submission, the towel is the sign of service. And Jesus went on to say, ""If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 "For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 "Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them." (John 13:14-17)
Now, there are those who say that Jesus was instituting another ordinance for the church; that we're supposed to practice foot-washing right along side of the Lor ...
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