John 13:18-30

John 13:18-30

John 13:17Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired June 22, 2003.

We understand servanthood to be what other people do for us, not what we must do for everyone else around us…

I hear people all the time talking about how they want to be blessed, and they’ll name off a list as long as your arm about the things that they would like to have in their lives that they would consider blessing from God, but what are you willing to do to get that blessing? To what lengths are you willing to honor God to receive the blessings that you want? And, truly, what do you consider real blessing from God? Is it only when He gives you what you consider to be the good things in life? Or, do you look inwardly at what the Holy Spirit does in you, when you’ve stepped out in trust and faith and have served others, realizing that they could care less what you’ve done for them. Probably never even noticed your act of kindness. Even, possibly, have shunned you as soon as you did the good for them, but you’ve done the service not because they’ve asked or deserved it, but you’ve done the service because you know it is what Jesus would have done if He was here, and then, inside, regardless of what the outward responses are, regardless of what the outward rewards are, you get this feeling inside. A feeling of the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart saying, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” That in itself is the greatest blessing you can have. And, in fact, it is the one blessing that I truly desire, the one reward that I continually work to acquire within my eternity…

Everything that you do in the kingdom of God has significance and is important, and God loves it when you do it, and you do it to serve Him. And when you show these acts of love and service to others, He loves it because you’ve done it for Him. And Jesus says, that’s where the blessing comes from. You will be blessed if you do them. You will be blessed because you have served others…

Just because you call yourself a believer, just because you go to church, just because you don your finery and get up on Sunday morning and make the great sacrifice to make your way to church, does not necessarily mean that you are there with right motives. If you’re there to impress people, if you’re there to make a name for yourself, if you’re there to get out of it what you can get, you’re there for the wrong reason.

Pastor Dave Elkins