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April 18, 2018, 10:50 AM

Discipleship is serving

One of the things that got Jesus in trouble with the religious people of his day is that he just didn't get it. Well, he got it, but not in their minds. Jesus did a lot of things backwards from what the religious of the day were doing. According to them he had it all wrong. Jesus knew this and he did it on purpose. In Matthew 20 he has a teachable moment with his disciples. 

 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28

The Pharisee's version of discipleship was not discipleship at all. It was more like manipulation or bullying. They lorded their authority over people. In Matthew 23 Jesus criticizes them for demanding difficult things from the people but having an unwillingness to lift a finger to help them. Jesus tells his disciples that this is not what discipleship should be like. 

Discipleship is all about service. 

Jesus fed the crowd, because they were hungry. The disciples wanted the crowd to go into town and get some lunch, but Jesus said NO...we are going to feed them. That's service that disciples. 

Jesus stopped and healed the paralytic man that had waiting for 38 years for someone to help him. Everyone was so consumed with their lives they couldn't see the need of this man. Jesus did.  That'a service that leads to discipleship. 

Jesus stopped and visited with a tax collector named, Zaccheus, and that act of service turned into an amazing moment of discipleship. 

Jesus showed us how to do and I can do it, too. 

My wife is really good at this. She would never get in front of a crowd. She does not want to be the center of attention or to be in control, but she's really good at discipleship. She will invite a lady over for coffee and make muffins for them and just listen. She will go with a friend to a doctor's appointment, just because that friends needs someone to go. 

But I don't know how to make muffins and I don't like coffee so I have to find different ways. 

I spend time taking guys to lunch. I golf with guys. I try to find out what people are into and find ways to be interested in those things. 

As you read this blog I want you think about ways you take action to serve people and disciple others through service. Someone needs you to do this for them. They need you to be there for them, and you are just the right person for the job. So go out and serve someone today and make a difference in their life. 

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