Service > Status
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Psalm 84:10–84 :10, Psalm 84:1–84:2, Mark 10:42–10:45, James 4:10–4:10
The word "better” appears in Scripture well over 100 times and most of what’s labelled as “better” has to do with the choices we make that determine the direction for our lives. So this series is about finding and following God's better wisdom.
Last week's Better Choice
Reputation > Riches
Proverbs 22:1 NIV
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
"What Do You Do?"
Four simple words. Yet why does this seemingly harmless question some times feel like anything but harmless? Why does it stir up feelings of insecurity and inferiority? Or in other cases, feelings of superiority? Where does all that yuck come from? Why do get so preoccupied with our status and measure our worth by impressing others?
Psalms 84:10 NIV
10 Better is one day in your courtsthan a thousand elsewhere;I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my Godthan dwell in the tents of the wicked.
Service > Status
"Who we serve” is far more important than our answer to the question “What do we do?” According to God’s better wisdom, our service to Him is greater than our status with others. That’s what makes a meaningful life.
Psalms 84:1-2 NIV
1 How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints,for the courts of the Lord;my heart and my flesh cry outfor the living God.
We Are Created for Worship
The cry of our heart should be to give the best part of ourselves to worshipping God rather than impressing others, and do that with great passion and unbridled enthusiasm.
Worship Leads to Service
Being a humble a doorkeeper in the presence of God is more than enough. We should more than content to just open the door and hold it for others so they too can genuinely worship the One True God.
Mark 10:42-45 NIV
42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Service is Greatness
Jesus isn’t against us wanting to become great, but He is against us defining greatness the wrong way. There is a pathway for us as followers of Jesus that leads to significance and that pathway is marked by service--giving yourself away for the benefit of others without expecting anything in return from them.
It All Begins With Jesus
Jesus came not just to be a servant, but He also came, and died, and rose again to be our Savior. His death paid the debt of our sin against God--a ransom we could never possibly pay ourselves--so each of us could experience forgiveness and enter into a forever relationship with our God. You too can know Jesus personally as Your Savior through a simple prayer of faith and trust where you: admit your need for a Savior; believe that Jesus alone is THE Savior; and call on Him to be your Savior.
And when do that, you enter a whole new realm of existence where everything you’ve been trying to find in your status has now been given to you by your Savior in great abundance. Jesus alone is the One whose love empowers you for service and frees you from obsessing over your status.
Living Out Service Over Status
While choosing “service over status” is possible, it’s not always probable. It’s never going to be an automatic choice where we’re completely freed from the temptation of craving more status. Thankfully there are steps we can take to cooperate with power of the Holy Spirit within us to find victory and to choose service.
- Intentionally Choose Not to be Noticed When You Serve
- Take the Blame & Share the Credit
- Live Humbly & Trust God to Honor You
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:10)
God will lift you up. Maybe some of it will happen in this life with a bigger profile and a greater platform for service; maybe some of will happen in the life to come. Either way, it’s going to be worth it in the end because it's always better to live in the presence of your God and in the service of your King.