Dr. Gregg Strawbridge - Spiritual Disciplines (05) - Service

 
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Luke 22:24–27 - And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors.’ 26 “But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant. 27 “For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.


Philippians 2:3–11 - Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. . .
True Service is Attitude - We are not to act out of selfishness (Phil. 2:3ff), but to have this “attitude” (phroneo, “mind”) like Jesus who gave up heaven to be a suffering servant (Is. 53) for the sake of our salvation. It is the grace of not esteeming ourselves higher than we ought that provides the internal motivation (attitude) to serve others.
True Service is Action - In Jesus’ preeminent example of a servant, as a menial servant, He washes the disciples’ feet. Only John gives us the example of foot-washing (Jn. 13:4ff), but in the Gospel of Luke we are told...

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