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Living as a Servant
This sermon is part of the sermon series "The Ripple Effect". See series.


What would you do if you suddenly won $34.5 million? It happened to a family from Hauppauge, New York, this week. Dad spent $5 on a winning Lotto ticket and hit the jackpot. So what did they do? Dad quit his job driving a Pepsi truck. The whole family is going to Disney World. The two teenage boys want new cars—they mentioned Lamborghinis and Dodge Vipers. Mom wants a new home on the water, a dream kitchen, and a large walk-in closet.

How would you live your life after the lottery? It's not an abstract question, because in one sense you're already a winner. The fact that you're living, breathing, thinking, walking, laughing, working, creating, and doing all these things in the freedom and prosperity of one of the most blessed nations that has ever existed means that you're rich. You have access to a beautiful church building and the Bible and wonderful worship; you're a lottery winner already. God has blessed you beyond measure. What will you do with your winnings? Let me urge all of us to consider this question: how will you live the one and only beautiful life that God has given you? If you're 63 or 89 years old, it's not too late. If you're 16 or 22, it's not too early. How will you live the one and only beautiful life that God has given you?

Jesus gives a succinct, clear answer on how to best live this life: live as a servant. The joy of servanthood is even better than winning the lottery. It affords the satisfaction of making ripples for God in this life and in eternity. That's the point of this story in Mark 10:32-45.

The disciples' request

So the story begins: "They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way." Servanthood doesn't mean that we let other people walk all over us. It doesn't ...

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Matt Woodley is the pastor of compassion ministries at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:


I. The Disciples' request

II. Bent towards recognition

III. Christ's big story of servanthood

IV. Freedom from bondage

V. Releasing our egos

VI. Seeing with servant eyes