Sermon for today by Charles F. Stanley : The Power of Servanthood

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   Topic :  The Power of servanthood

Jesus came to earth not to be
served but to serve.

If your goal is to get the most out of your work—to embrace its potential to bring you closer to God and make an impact on others—then your first step is to follow Jesus’ lead and view yourself as a servant.

Jesus came to earth not to be served but to serve, and He instructed everyone who calls Him “Lord” to adopt the same attitude. He said that whoever desires to be great must be a servant, and He modeled this lifestyle to His disciples (see Matthew 20:25–28).

The apostle Paul later instructed,

“Bondservants,
obey in all things your masters according to the flesh,
not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God” (Colossians 3:22).

Paul instructed servants to do their work heartily, even though they received no paycheck for their efforts. Given this, how much more powerfully should his words resonate for those who get paid to
work? As God’s representative, you have a responsibility to do quality work.

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Many people would argue they are not
compensated adequately for their work. Some may try to even the score by taking longer lunch hours, clocking out early, or coming in late. But this is not
the approach God has in mind. If you are
compensated for eight hours of work, you need to give your employer eight full hours.

You are a servant of God, and as His representative, you have a
responsibility to do quality, conscientious work.
The best pathway to promotion is servanthood. Whoever wants to be a leader must adopt an attitude of humility (see Mark 9:35). Never doubt the impact
of a humble spirit and eager-to-work attitude on everyone around you—the boss included!

The LORD was with Joseph, and
he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand (Genesis
39:2–3).
1. Read Genesis 39. Joseph had been thefavorite son of a wealthy patriarch, but due to the treachery of his brothers, he was now working as a lowly servant in a foreign country.

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