Jesus modeled how to win people to His kingdom: serve them

Your Neighbor is a Person, Not a Prospect
Be a Servant – Part 2

Scripture Reading: Matthew 20:20-28

Key Verse: Matthew 20:28

…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.”

Yesterday’s devotional described the attitude that Christ followers must have: a servant’s attitude.  When we take on this kind of perspective, we won’t treat people like prospects.  A servant’s heart is not about selling something to someone, but rather serving someone.  It’s not about a head count of how many people we’ve won to God’s kingdom, but how many we’ve served in Jesus’ name.  This attitude makes a huge difference in how people receive us.

It’s obvious that we cannot help but want our loved ones and friends to come to Jesus—we ought to feel that way.  Our approach is what is all important.  Jesus modeled how to win people to His kingdom: serve them!  Find ways to make their lives a little better and serve them.  Don’t serve with any ulterior motive.  Don’t serve someone and then move on if they don’t accept an invitation to Jesus or come to your church.  When we serve to get something from someone, that person can sense it; they can feel that they have become a prospect.

A servant’s heart must be motivated by one thing: Jesus served me and asked me to pass it on to others.  I serve because that is my kingdom responsibility.  The person’s response is not the determining factor of whether I serve them or not!  They are people, not prospects!

Father, I will leave the results of my servant hood to you and I will simply serve.  Use me to your glory as you see fit!  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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