In the last week of our “Identity” series we will be discussing our God-given identity as Servants. In addition to being called to be family, missionaries, and learners… we are called to be servants. Both servants to God and to man (or perhaps more correctly, being servants to God through serving man).
Our text this week will be Matthew 20:20-28….
20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to him with her sons, and kneeling before him she asked him for something. 21And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23He said to them, “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.” 24And when the ten heard it, they were indignant at the two brothers. 25But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 27 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
First of all, men….dudes, if you are still asking your mother (or even letting your mother) go ask your boss, your girlfriend, professor, etc for things that you are too scared to ask for…… you need to stop! Just stop. Now. Its embarrassing. For all of us.
Secondly, Jesus’ call on our life is obvious. It is not about gaining a status or reputation in this world. It is about following his amazing example of servanthood on the cross and laying down our lives everyday to serve others.
Jesus makes it clear that this will not be easy. In fact, every part of society will pull and pressure us to seek power and position over others. They will tell us that in order to be happy or “successful” we need to be in a place of authority. We will be taught that you have not “made it” until you are able to hire people to serve you. But Jesus warns us that we must not be consumed with these earthly, temporary achievements. Instead we should live our lives in a way that serves others and points them toward the most wondrous, beautiful object of servanthood ever known, the cross.
This Thursday, we will be discussing how living out our identity as a servant serves(no pun intended) three purposes:
1) Living as a servant is an act of worship to God.
2) Living as a servant advances God’s Kingdom.
3) Living as a servant points others towards the cross.