AMPLIFY: Service

Lesson 36: The Servant Who Suffered


Lesson 36, Devotion 1

Think about this quote as you go through your day:


“The real test of a saint is not one’s willingness to preach the gospel, but one’s willingness to do something like washing the disciples’ feet – that is, being willing to do those things that seem unimportant in human estimation but count as everything to God.” - Oswald Chambers


Think about this:

  • What new thought about God can you take away from this?

  • How does this apply to your life?

  • In what ways does this make you see the world a little differently?



Lesson 36, Devotion 2

“Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” - 1 John 2:6


It’s easy to claim to be a Christian. Many people do. Their lives may not reflect it, but many think they’re Christians for any number of reasons: because they go to church; because their parents are Christians; because they own a Bible; or maybe because they have friends who are Christians.


The Bible has different criteria. Read 1 John 2:6. What kind of life is reflecting a true follower of Christ? Walking as Jesus did. This doesn't mean you wear sandals and a robe and ride a donkey. No, you must follow Jesus' example and do as He did.


One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to be an example for us to follow. He lived His life to demonstrate how we should respond and behave. One of the things Jesus did constantly was serve others. He always looked for ways to love others and to help those in need. If we claim to be a Christ-follower, we need to do the same as He did.


Think about this:

  • Before you can follow Jesus’ example, you need to know what He did. Do you know how Jesus’ lived? If not, the challenge is for you to set some time apart to read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and see what Jesus really did.

  • Do you really “Walk as Jesus did?” Where does your path deviate? How can you find a way back?



Lesson 36, Devotion 3


“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” - 1 Corinthians 11:1


When you were a kid, did you ever try to be someone else? Maybe you wanted to be like your favorite sports star, musician, or actor. Maybe it was just a friend or relative that you thought was cool or wanted to be like. You may have changed your clothes, your hairstyle, or even the way you talked. You just wanted to be like that person!


Read 1 Corinthians 11:1. Here Paul urges his readers to follow his example as he follows Jesus. Paul is doing his best to be like Jesus. He wants to follow Jesus so closely that you can’t tell the difference between Jesus and him.


This passage’s meaning for you is simple: live your life in such a way that people can see Jesus in it. When we talk about service, this is a practical way to imitate Jesus. Jesus loved others and gave of Himself to serve them. We should do the same.


Think about this:

  • When people look at your life, can they see Jesus in it? Do you imitate Christ so closely that people can’t tell the difference, or do you live so differently that people can’t see Jesus in you at all?

  • What can you do to imitate Christ more effectively today?