09 Calvary Crew Conversation

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Calvary Crew Conversation- March 11-15, 209

Living Your Blessed Life: The Attitude of Serving

Scripture Reference:

Philippians 2:5: You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Numbers 14:24:  But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land.

Main Idea: True servanthood necessitates a mindset shift, a complete change in our attitude. Our attitude matters more than anything we accomplish, and God is always more concerned in why we do something versus what we do. King Amaziah lost Gods favor because “He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, yet not with a true heart.” Our attitude is determined by the collection of the dominant thoughts in our mind. Before we ever do…we think. Philippians 2:5 establishes the proper kind of attitude for change – the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. The message translation says, “Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.” Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. A mindset of serving God requires our attitude to shift in 4 different ways:

1. Selflessness vs. Selfishness

Philippians 2:4: Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Philippians 2:7: but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Hebrews 6:10: For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.

Servants focus on others rather than themselves. When we stop focusing only on our needs, we become aware of the needs around us. It is impossible to be a servant when we are not willing to empty ourselves for others. Rick Warren says, “It’s only when we forget ourselves that we do the things that deserve to be remembered.”

Question: How well are you aware of the needs of others in your life? Share some things that distract you from being aware of those needs?

2. Stewardship vs. Ownership

Psalms 24:1: The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

Colossians 3:23-24: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Servants know that their time, money, resources, gifts, talents, and everything they are and have belongs to God. When we live a life open handed to God, He is able to use us as a conduit. However, when we live with closed fists, we create a barrier in our life and block off God’s ability to give more. As He gives, we give out. As He fills, we empty out.

 Question: How are you handling the time, resources, and gifts that God has given you? What are some areas that you have not fully given God ownership of?

3. Humility vs. Pride

Romans 12:16: Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

Proverbs 18:12: Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.

Many people do not serve because they are insecure, and insecurity leads to pride. We fear our weaknesses and insecurities will be exposed so we cover them up with pride and a posture of self-importance. Knowing who we are in Christ, allows us to serve like Jesus did. When we are secure in Christ, we do not compare, criticize, or compete with other servants or ministries. It makes no sense to do so because we are all on the same team, we have been given different assignments (our own lane to stay in), and we are uniquely shaped. It was in the moment that Martha complained to Jesus that Mary was not helping with the work, that she lost her heart to serve. Her pride and insecurity caused her to take her focus off the things God had placed in her hands to do. Jesus was the ultimate example of humility when He stooped down to wash the disciple’s feet. Hours before going to the Cross, Jesus took the time to display the perfect picture of what true humility in serving looks like.

Question: One trait of a heart to serve is we must go low in order to bring others up. What does humility look like in your own life? What do you think God is asking you to do to develop a more humble heart?

4. Opportunity vs. Obligation

I Corinthians 15:58: So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

Psalms 100:2: Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.

Serving is a privilege and the highest calling. We do not have to serve, we get to! Serving is always an opportunity for Christ to be revealed in us.

Summary

When we serve with the right heart and attitude, nobody needs to know. We realize that it is not about us, our gifts, or getting recognition, but it's about helping others, meeting their needs, and serving God for his glory. It's not just about our actions, but it's about the attitude. I was created and gifted by God, and I get the opportunity to show the love of Jesus today. When you have the right attitude, the right actions start to follow. When you serve others, God changes lives and the first life He changes is yours.

Call to Action: What are some shifts that you need to make concerning your own mindset? What are some specific ways that you can begin to shift your mindset to best reveal the heart of Jesus?

Erica Hilton