Being Clueless in a Dying World (Part 3)

We have to meet people where they are and we can only do that when we get personal!

Servant leadership –obviously implies what you do – you serve.  Folks suggest this started with a man named Robert Greenleaf, in 1977.  Nowadays several others carry this torch, specifically an executive at Chik-fil-a, Mark Miller who has written two books The Secret and most recently The Heart of Leadership.  He has coined the phrase “Think others first”.

We know that real servant leadership was displayed by Jesus Christ. 

Matthew 4:23-25 gives us a great summary:

After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.

Here are other verses offers more insight:

Matthew 14:13-21 – he fed people.

Matthew 12:9-13, Matthew 9:27-33, & Matthew 8:14-16 – he healed the sick.

Not only did these fulfill prophecy (Matthew 8:17) but it helped create a caring atmosphere. 

Let that sink in for a moment.

Jesus helped people by addressing physical needs as an outreach for their spiritual needs.

John 4 – the woman at the well, and her entire community heard about Christ because of her.

John 8 – the woman “caught in adultery” where Jesus tells her to “go now and leave your life of sin”.

Imagine Jesus being too busy, getting water quickly by himself, or burying his face in his phone, or rushing off to his next event.

Can you see where being clueless kills?

Inside and outside of the community of believers we must intentionally get personal.  Phone calls, texts, private messages, dinner, notes, recreation, worship, every where – it’s our job to help people – and our help is God’s son.

We will not get the opportunity to share Christ or encourage staying with Christ if we’re self-involved.  Who would you be if your hero/mentor did not have time for you?

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8 responses to “Being Clueless in a Dying World (Part 3)”

  1. tcavey says :

    Excellent points! God cares about people. We need to get our noses out of our phones, our minds off our to-do lists, and our priorities grounded in Him so that we can care about people as He does.

    • sparkvoice says :

      We definitely have to fight off all of the distractions we have. We may need to make an adjustment to our to-do lists that includes what we all know we should be doing.

  2. Micah says :

    I once heard it said like this – “When God chose to give the greatest price He gave his life, when He paid the price He did it for people. And so when we care about people we agree with God that the greatest value in the earth is not gold or silver or anything else that men deem valuable, it is the human life.’

    Great post. It’s so important for us to remember that people are ultimately what life is all about. And that they, after God, should be what we give our attention to.

    • sparkvoice says :

      Micah thanks for sharing that quote. Life really is about people. Unfortunately we receive messages day-in and day-out that tell us we’re not good enough, or don’t have the right possessions.

  3. Matt Ham says :

    This is great David – it’s all about others – meeting them where they are and walking alongside. This is the essence of the Live Richly charge – I love it!

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