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The Heart of a Servant

Energize your spiritual life through service by forgetting your limitations, being a team player, being willing to get your hands dirty, and turning your job into a ministry.

Introduction

We're in the final week of a series called Fuel for the Soul. We've been talking about things you can do to turbo-charge your spiritual life—to bring an added intensity to your relationship with God. We've talked about practicing the discipline of silence and solitude, making your soul quiet in the presence of God so that you can hear his voice. We've talked about practicing the discipline of Lectio Divina—transformational Bible study—reading the Word of God and applying it to your life on a daily basis. We've talked about practicing the discipline of fasting—the habit of skipping meals for a day or two in order to focus on experiencing a deeper connection to God. Today we'll look at the discipline of service.

We all have a tendency to occasionally get off track in these areas, and our spiritual lives suffer as a result. Getting off track is rarely an intentional decision. It usually happens little by little. We get busier and busier, so we skip a day of prayer here and there. We put off our Bible study, thinking, "I'll catch up tomorrow." We say, "I'm too stressed to fast this week, I'll do it next week." Next week becomes next month, and we never get to it.

It's the same way with service. No one says, "I think I'll stop doing things for God. I think I'll become a backslider." It just sort of happens. Our schedule gets filled up with other things, and service to the kingdom of God gets edged out. Pretty soon, if we're not careful, we find that we're not doing anything to benefit anyone other than ourselves. If we're not careful, our Christian life can become just about "me, me, me—my problems, my prayer list, my blessings," and on and on.

Are you under stress? Have you got problems? I know ...

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Steve May has been a pastor to pastors for more than 20 years, helping preachers and teachers to become more effective communicators of the gospel.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

If we're not careful, our Christian life can become just about me, me, me—my problems, my prayer list, my blessings, and on and on.

I. Forget about your limitations.

II. Be a team player.

III. Be willing to get your hands dirty.

IV. Turn your job into a ministry.

Conclusion

Structure the habit of service into your life with random daily acts of kindness, an ongoing, structured environment of service, and a big service project each year.