Love Like Jesus - Part 2 - Serve

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John 13:34-35 - A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

If we are to love like Jesus, then we need to understand and accept how Christ has loved us first. And once we understand and accept that love, we can reflect that love in our relationships and world. I believe Jesus came as a servant. He came to serve, not be served

 

Matthew 20:28 (NIV)

28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

 

If you are a youth leader, there is a reasonable chance that you know what it is to serve. Many youth leaders that I know, including myself, have served in multiple ways. We are often creative, or tech savvy, or good communicators, good leaders etc which means our involvement in our local church is often more than just our department.

There are two things I want to encourage you with today.

1. Don't get jaded in your serving. Learn boundaries, how to say no, how to delegate and raise up others who can also serve, but never lose your heart to serve. Don't ever let anything be too small for you. I understand that as a leader you should primarily do what only you can do and allow others to do what they can do, but the example Jesus set for us is service. Even in the hours leading up to his arrest Jesus knelt on the floor and cleaned the feet of his disciples. Being an example in serving was so important that Jesus prioritised it in his final moments with his disciples.

2. Don't get so caught up in your own serving that you forget that Jesus loves you, that he served us and continues to serve us. His example continues and his love is available to us even in these moments. We can sometimes get so busy doing and giving that we can forget to be, and to receive for ourselves.

 

Take a moment right now to thank Jesus for his example and his constant love. Ask him to help you to reflect his heart of service and to sustain you as you lead, serve and give your life for his purposes.

 

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