by Stan Coffey

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The Lost Value of Service (7 of 7)
Series: Restoring Lost Values
Stan Coffey
Matthew 20:25-26

Many of you probably have experienced this week as you've gone into a place of business, either poor service from the employees or very good service or maybe mediocre service. One of the things that draws us to a place of business is good service. We have needs that need to be met and when we find a place of business where people are attentive to us, where people are concerned about our needs and where people are willing to serve us, we want to go to that place again and again.

You know, service is a lost art in many cases in America. Many people who have jobs and work in certain businesses, really don't have the spirit of service.

Jesus says in this passage of scripture, that the way up is down. The way to promotion is to be a servant. Look at what He says.

Matthew 20:25-26 ''But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them, (26) but it shall not be so among you...''

What's He saying? He's saying that with unbelievers, those who have authority, lord it over people. Those who have authority, put great premium on their own importance. But He's saying that this is not going to be what makes you great.

Well, what's going to be that which makes his disciples great? He said in verses 27-28, ''But is shall not be so among you, but whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant. (28) And even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto but to minister...''

Now, what does the word minister mean? It means to serve. You say well it means to preach. Well, that's one way of serving, but that's just one way. The word ''minister'' means to serve.

''The Son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give His life as a ransom for many.''

Verse 28 in the NIV says this, ''Just as the Son of man did not come to be ...

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