Daniel Fast 2023

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Matthew 20:25-28

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.”

Message Notes

1. Serving is not a means to an end. Serving is the end of the means.

Serving is not a stepping stone to something better. It is not a pathway to eventually being served. Serving is the end game.

Philippians 2:1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

2. Serving always includes sacrifice.

The impact of serving is always determined by the level of sacrifice.

We desire the biggest returns with the smallest investment

John 15:12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

3. Serving Requires Contentment.

Philippians 4:11-14 ...for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

We cannot effectively serve others if we are constantly focused on ourselves. The content life lends itself to serving.

Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. What is the difference between serving as a way of life and serving as a means to increase?
  2. Why is it difficult to serve without expecting something in return?
  3. What is your response to, “serving always includes sacrifice.”?
  4. Does your current definition of serving include sacrifice?
  5. Do you believe you can effectively serve others and not be content?
  6. What are the benefits contentment offers in serving others?