A Servant Heart
The Example of Dorcas
Admit – acknowledge
Believe – believe
Confess – confess in Christ the Lord.
Serve God Acceptable
Jesus Christ came to serve
Service should be a way of life.
We reject man’s approaches and ways to living.
By love serve one another.
It can be a difficult service to approach a brother. We need to have an openness to be clean as well.
As you go about correcting your brother or sister don’t make the water too hot. Don’t be angry, if you are washing their feed with water that is too hot that is your problem!
Restore someone in meekness. Remember that at some point they may need to restore you…
Attitudes and Actions that Reflect a Servants Heart
Being a true servant will call for no selfishness.
Servant hood considers the pain of others and acts accordingly.
Actions that are characterized by humility.
How would we react if God asked us to wash someones feet in a basement room, outside of the view of anyone else?
We often ask what other people can do for us. We exploit people without even thinking about it. May we ask God to help us ask, “what can I do for someone else.”
A servant heart will act faithfully. Whether that be teaching Sunday school, prayer warrior, whatever… do what you can do.
Work together with others. Act cooperatively.
Areas of Service
A Sunday School teacher can help others learn. On a child’s level you may not get too much out of teaching. On a youth or adult level many of us will have opportunity to teach. Phrase questions clearly, invite discussion.
Summer Bible School can be super difficult, but very worthwhile. Especially when children come from non-christian homes.
We often have opportunity to touch our community through events, singing, etc.
Song leaders are also servants. Give some thought to the songs you choose. Don’t make it about yourself.
Service doesn’t depend on the weather. Car parkers must show up even in the rain, pain and snow.
Everyone should be a servant. From the janitor to the deacon.
Blessings of Serving with a Servant Heart
It builds up the congregation and is edifying.
It encourages leaders when they are supported by servants. They are servants who need servants.
It is a privilege to be able to serve.
When we serve others by trying to make their lives better, we energize ourselves as well.
God did not save us to be some sort of sensation. He saved us to be servants.
At the close of life the question will be how much have you given. Not how much have you gotten…
God is not looking for stars on a world stage. He is looking for servants in the local congregation and wherever the Lord is calling you.
This sermon – A Servant Heart – was originally preached 2014.03.16 by Howard Bean.
This sermon is also part of a series preached at the Bethel Mennonite 2014 Youth Rally. Here is a list of all sermons in this series.
- Ten Lessons from my Youth
- Encouraging Church Loyalty
- Choosing a Life Long Companion
- Failing Successfully
- A Servant Heart