by Jeff Strite

Making A Difference
Jeff Strite
Mark 10:35-45

OPEN: Several years back the Merv Griffin Show had a guest that was a body builder. During the interview, Merv asked, "Why do you develop those particular muscles?"

The body builder simply stepped forward and flexed a series of muscles from chest to calf. The audience applauded.

"What do you use all those muscles for?" Merv asked. Again, the muscular specimen flexed, and biceps and triceps sprouted to impressive proportions.

"But what do you use those muscles for?" Merv persisted.

There was a moment of confused embarrassment as the body builder sat down in bewilderment. He didn't have an answer (to the question of what are they for?) other than display well-developed frame

APPLY: Over the past two weeks, we've addressing the question of the value of our Christianity. In other words: what are we good for?

The 1st sermon in the series was from Ephesians 2:10 where we noted: You've been created Christ to make difference.

In the 2nd sermon we found that God has given you the talents to make a difference.

Today's sermon is asking: HOW do I make a difference? How do I use the muscles (read: talents) God has given me?

THAT'S THE QUESTION Jesus addresses for His disciples.

They wanted to be important, how to be valuable… but they misunderstood what that meant.

I. They felt that making a difference/ being valuable to Christ was all about WHO they were

If only they could be important.
If only they could have a position of power.
If only they could be specially talented… THEN THEY COULD BE USEFUL TO GOD

Jesus taught them: it isn't who you are, or how powerful you are… it's how open you are to servanthood. IN FACT, God deliberately doesn't choose the powerful to do His will.

ILLUS: One person compiled an unflattering list of the people God used:
"Moses stuttered.
David's armor didn't fit.
Hosea's wife was a prostitute.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Solomon was ...

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