AMPLIFY: Service

Lesson 37: Living As A Faithful Servant

 

Lesson 37, Devotion 1

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” - Matthew 25:37-40

 

Have you ever done something and not even realized you’ve done it? For too many of us, we do things that are stupid or hurt others without even knowing we did it. Maybe we said something that hurt someone’s feelings. Or we were caught up in our own thoughts and were unintentionally rude. We’ve all been there.

 

Read Matthew 25:34-46. In Matthew 25, we see the opposite side of this. We are here at the final judgment, and Jesus is telling people they have done these great things for Him. And the people had no idea they'd done it! They had no idea what Jesus was talking about.

 

These people had served Jesus without even knowing they’d done it. We need to do the same thing. Our lives need to be so centered on others that we show love to others without even realizing we’ve done it.

 

Think about this:

  • How much would you have to love others before you begin to serve without realizing it? How can you reach that point in your life?

 

 

Lesson 37, Devotion 2

Think about this quote:

 

"The Christian who desires to be great and first in the kingdom is the one who is willing to serve in the hard place, the uncomfortable place, the lonely place, the demanding place, the place where he is not appreciated and may even be persecuted . . . He is willing to work for excellence without becoming proud, to withstand criticism without becoming bitter, to be misjudged without becoming defensive, and to withstand suffering without succumbing to self-pity." - John MacArthur

 

Think about this:

  • Why is serving sometimes hard?

  • Do you ever struggle with any of these things MacArthur mentioned? How do they take away from the benefits of serving others in Christ’s name?

 

 

Lesson 37, Devotion 3

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16

 

In our modern times with the ability to turn on a light with a switch, it can be easy to overlook the value of light. That is until you have a power outage at night. Finding furniture with your toes will bring about a quick reminder of how valuable light truly is!

 

Read Matthew 5:16. As Christians, we should be shining light into a dark world. People should see our good deeds and worship God. We should be so bright that people can’t help but see how awesome our God is.

The sad truth is that many Christians have hidden their light. We've had a power outage, and the world has been pitched back into darkness.


Jesus wants us to shine our light into the world. This means we serve others and show them God’s love. We bring Jesus into a dark world that needs the light.

 

Think about this:

  1. Are you shining a light or hiding it?

  2. What dark corners of the world do you have an opportunity to shine a light to?

  3. What can you do to shine the light on them?