Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Make a Difference - Serve Humbly

Tuesday, February 4, 2020When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. 
Proverbs 11:2
A couple of weeks ago, we had a guest speaker at our Mission Banquet, Jason Talent.  People are hungry and thirsty for something to make their lives different – better.  Continually searching for that in what the world offers leads to a dead end every time. Jason said that there will only be two things that remain in this life, the kingdom of God and the souls of people. We need to spend our lives working for something greater than ourselves. This week we will look at five things Jason gave us that we can do to make a difference.
Make A Difference – Serve Humbly
We can have the best intentions about serving the Lord but if we are not careful, pride can destroy our witness and mission. Serving means that we put aside our own time to serve and to give other people of ourselves and our time for the glory of Christ. When we can put aside our selfishness and humbly serve others, it is a true witness of God's unselfish love for us.  When we serve others humbly, we will be blessed as the overflow of Christ flows from us and reaches others. They will see and feel a difference. 
Micah was a prophet in the Bible that spoke out against the king and leaders of his time because they were self-centered, self-serving and filled with pride. The leaders used people and only cared about themselves. They believed that their knowledge made them superior, but Micah envisioned a different type of leader that came from the small town of Bethlehem. He was a servant, who walked humbly among his people, and His name was Jesus Christ.  
Jesus lived a life of service and love for the lowliest people in society. The love of God, salvation, and mercy are not experienced in physical power, the domination and control of others, or the insistence in obtaining one’s selfish desires.  The abuse of power and pride turns people off.  If pride is what others see when we attempt to show them the gift God has given them, they won’t want it. 
If we clothe ourselves in humility and walk the walk of Jesus as we celebrate that we are children of God, then we can help others see they can be his child also. They will listen to us and want to have a relationship with us. If we are prideful and arrogant, they will not want anything to do with us or the God we profess.
We should live to use our gifts, talents and blessings for God and others rather than for ourselves. In Christ’s eyes, we are all on the same level no matter what our talents and gifts are. To make a difference, and to have an effective witness for Christ, we must serve humbly and leave pride behind. 

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