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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3 Requirements for Being Used by God

 

If you ask the average Christian if they want to be used by God, they will say, “Yes! Absolutely!” None of us wants to be mediocre Christians. At the end of our life, we don’t want to look back with regrets on missed opportunities and wasted potential. Instead, we want to hear God say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant!” (Matt. 25:21) How can we become effective servants of God? First, we need to ensure that we are real Christians. A real Christian is one who has turned from their sins and believed on Jesus to pay for their sins. Next, we need to meet God’s qualifications for service. 

Here are 3 requirements for being used by God.

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What Jesus Teaches Us About Friendship

In our culture, it is hard to find a good friend. People are willing to be your friend while the sun shines, but they leave when storms hit. Friendships today are often shallow and empty of true fellowship. We have never been more connected…and more starved for heart-to-heart relationships. 
Instead of looking to our culture to define friendship, let’s look at the life of Jesus Christ. At our church in Sydney Mines, we strive to follow His example. During his 33 years on earth, Jesus showed us what true friendship is meant to be. 

Here are 3 principles Jesus taught us about friendship.