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Your Life Force

Becoming Christ-like servants gives our lives significance and force.
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Life Force". See series.

Introduction

I found a text the other day that describes stages of success:

At age 4, success is not peeing in your pants.
At age 12, success is having friends.
At age 16, success is having a driver's license.
At age 25, success is having sex when married.
At age 35, success is having money.
At age 50, success is having money.
At age 60, success is having sex when married.
At age 70, success is having a driver's license.
At age 75, success is having friends.
At age 80, success is not peeing in your pants.

This puts life in perspective, doesn't it? But what defines successful life? What does it mean for a life to have force, to have impact? What does it mean for a life to make a difference, to be significant, and to leave a mark for all of eternity? What gives your life force, strength, energy, power, and intensity?

Let's start by looking at the most forceful life in all of history: the life of Christ.

Few people deny that Christ's life was the most consequential in all of human history in terms of shaping people's thoughts and actions. What made his life so profound? The answer may surprise you. Let me take you back to a scene where Jesus revealed what made his life so radically different.

Jesus handpicked 12 guys to be by his side, to be mentored and prepared for the unleashing of his revolution on the planet through the building of his church. And it was a rush. Jesus spoke before thousands, worked miracles, and called great numbers to his side. But these 12 guys were in the inner circle. So guess what they started to do?

One day, as they walked along the road to where they would be staying for the night, they started whispering about who was going to be the greatest among them: Who is going to be the biggest, best, ...

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James Emery White is founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a consulting editor to Leadership Journal. He is author of Serious Times and A Search for the Spiritual, and blogs at churchandculture.org.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

I. The impact of servant-giving

II. The impact of servant-time

III. Why we aren't servants

Conclusion