Bible Study: How to Be Great by Being a Servant
Written by Christi Given | May 26, 2015
Do you want to become great, leave a legacy behind or be Kingdom-minded? Jesus, the King of Kings, even said you MUST become a servant if you want to become great (Mark 9:35). Many people in our world tell us to climb the ladder of success to be great, or that fame is great or money makes you great, but the Son of God said to serve and love one another to be great. We must become less and be selfless rather than selfish, and look to the needs of others before our own (Philippians 2:4).
Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)
Do you want to leave a legacy behind for the Kingdom of God? Look for places to volunteer, serve and share your gifts/talents/passions. Do you like to cook or bake? Maybe you can bake for a local women’s shelter or church. Do you like to sing or dance? Maybe you can help teach classes at an after-school program or at your church. Do you like to teach or lead? Maybe you can volunteer at your Sunday school. Always be looking for ways to serve God’s Kingdom and for ways to love others.
If you are lonely, bored or depressed, the quickest cure is to get your mind onto other people’s needs and figure out how to bless others! So good, right? Maybe you don’t have the time and are already booked with school and extracurricular activities—well, you can still bless your parents, siblings or even friends.
He must become greater; I must become less. (John 3:30)
Below are 10 ideas on how to think of others and how to serve one another in love. These ideas may seem simple or may be things you already do (which is great!), but if you’re looking for ways to serve or to give to others, here is how you can start.
10 Ways to Bless/Serve Someone in Your Life
1. Write a letter or send a card to a dear friend.
2. Make a worship CD or mix CD for your sibling or another loved one.
3. Invite someone to church.
4. Bake cookies for your neighbor.
5. Bring flowers to your Mom.
6. Buy your Dad lunch.
7. Call your sibling and offer to pray for them.
8. Make soup for a friend when they are sick.
9. Write out a scripture for a friend or classmate.
10. Write a thank-you card to your teacher or youth pastor.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)
How do you serve others in your personal life? Take some time and write down some ways you think of others, bless others or offer your time/talent/treasure to God’s Kingdom. Jesus said if you have done it unto the least of the people, you have done it unto God. How we love others and how we treat others and give of ourselves is an act of worship. We can’t earn our way to God because Jesus PAID IT ALL on the cross (John 3), but we CAN give and serve the Lord through our lives, amen?
The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40; read all of Matthew chapter 25:31-46)
PI Girls, does this help you realize that humility is valued in the Kingdom of God? God opposes the proud (James 4:6), but a servant’s heart is prized in God’s sight.
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