Learning to Serve in a Me-Focused Culture

 

One of the defining characteristics of our culture is the selfish pursuit of pleasure. We often hear, “If you had fun, that’s the most important thing.” And we tend to understand life through the question, “How will it affect me?” But, in the Gospels, Jesus taught us to live in a radically different way. “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Jesus calls us to deny our selfish desires and serve others instead. Philippians 2:4 commands us, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” How can we learn to serve others? 

 

Read on for 3 steps to serving others in a me-focused culture.

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Hunger: The Key to Spiritual Growth

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus painted a picture of those who are blessed. He taught, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) Does your heart cry out for righteousness? Are you hungry to know more of God? If you want to grow spiritually, you need to be hungry.


Will God Give You More than You Can Handle?

At the most unexpected of times, life has a habit of taking a hammer to our nice little routine. Our comfortable world is broken by heartbreak or illness or tragedy. The people of our church in Sydney Mines have faced these trials. At other times, the burden of responsibility threatens to overwhelm us with stress and fatigue. Often, people try to encourage us by saying, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” Is this statement consistent with Scripture? Will God give you more than you can handle? Let’s discover the answer in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. 

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