Do You Serve Jesus or Does Jesus Serve You? | Luke 20:41-21:4

Do You Serve Jesus or Does Jesus Serve You? | Luke 20:41-21:4

Lords Prayer

Before we begin today’s sermon would you join me in praying the words our Lord taught us to pray?

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Amen

Introduction

Please stand for the reading of God’s Word.

Luke 20:41-47 ESV  But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son?  (42)  For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,  (43)  until I make your enemies your footstool.”’  (44)  David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?”  (45)  And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples,  (46)  “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,  (47)  who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

Luke 21:1-4 ESV  Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box,  (2)  and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.  (3)  And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.  (4)  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

You may be seated

  • This morning I want to ask you a very important question.
    • One that needs to be asked from time to time in every Christians life…
      • It’s a guide post kind of question… one you should ask yourself ever so often to make sure you are on track…
      • On track in your life
      • On track in your day to day business
      • On track in your thinking
      • On track in your faith.
        • You see the Bible says that the path that we are to walk is narrow, and that many fall away and only few enter into the narrow gates of heaven.
        • Therefore as we walk the straight and narrow it would behoove us to, from time to time, make sure we are still on the right road, going the right way, least we find ourselves as one of the many that have fallen away.
  • The guidepost question that I have for you today is this one:

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  • Do You Serve Jesus, or Does Jesus Serve You?
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  • Do you serve Jesus, or Does Jesus Serve you?
    • It is a question of LORDSHIP!
    • Who is Lord in your life? Are you Lord of your own life, and Jesus is a simple servant? A means of getting what you want?
      •  Or is Jesus Lord of your life, and you are the Servant? Do you live your life as a means of Jesus getting what He wants?
      • That’s what we are asking today, and that is what these verses we read all center around.
      • WHO IS LORD?
  • In fact, Jesus starts off this section of scripture with that very subject at hand.

Luke 20:41-44 ESV  But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son?  (42)  For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,  (43)  until I make your enemies your footstool.”’  (44)  David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?”

  • Jesus has just finished OWNING the scribes and the Sadducees after they tried to trap Him with what they thought was an impossible question.
    • Not only did Jesus answer it, but He answered it so well that scripture says that they no longer dared to ask Him anything else.
      • Jesus literally shut them up.
      • And now that He has their attention, He decides He is going to teach them about Lordship.
  • Because every Jew in the world was waiting for a Messiah, the Son of David to Come and save them.
    • But they wanted a savior who was on their level… a savior who would serve them.
      • So they were happy to call the Messiah “Son of David”, even the blind man new that much, but they refused to call Him Lord.
      • But Jesus simply quotes Psalm 110 verse 1

Psalms 110:1 ESV  A Psalm of David. The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”

  • You see David new all along, the messiah may come from His blood line, but it was the Messiah who was Lord, not David.
    • But how can this be? Is He the son of David or not!
      • Well we know the answer to that, yes, in human terms Jesus is of the line of David.
      • And no, in Divine terms, Jesus is not the son of David because He is God.
      • In other words, the Human part of Jesus is the son of David, but the Divine part of Jesus is the Lord of David…
        • The book of revelation speaks of this very fact:

Revelation 22:16 ESV  “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

  • Jesus is the root, the beginning, the life source of David, after all Jesus Created David, we know that from John chapter 1.
    • But not only the root of David, but the root AND the offspring of David.
  • So back to what Jesus was talking about, it is as if Jesus was saying this:
    • “You scribes and pharisees come at me with Questions you think impossible, it is like you think I am some lowly human, simply the offspring of David… but don’t you know that I am LORD OF ALL?!
      • It was the ultimate smack down to the Jews who thought they were better than Christ.
  • You see these particularly boastful men thought was that religion ought to serve them…
    • Lets talk about what that looks like in todays society.

Point One – When You Try To Use Jesus, Your Condemnation will Be Great

Luke 20:45-47 ESV  And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples,  (46)  “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,  (47)  who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

  • They will receive the greater condemnation!
    • Who? Who will receive the greater condemnation? Those who use Jesus as a means to get what they want… those who use religion as a means to get what they want.
  • You see nothing has really changes in the two-thousand years since Jesus walked this earth…
    • Peoples titles have changed, they had Scribes and Pharisees and Sadducees…
    • Today we have Pastors, and Bishops, and Apostles…
    • But people’s hearts haven’t changed.
      • Today we have pastors and apostles and evangelists and bishops and you-name-it Christians who use Christ for gain.
      • They preach feel good sermons.
      • They wear fancy clothes and have large scale productions.
      • They preach the gospel, sure, but they do so for personal gain…
        • And that is apparent by their lifestyles… living life in mansions… driving cars that cost as much as houses, buying personal jet after personal jet…
      • And where do they get the money for this? By, as Jesus put it, “Devouring widow’s houses”.
        • They take money, and lots of it, from the weak and the vulnerable.
        • And they use it, not on the mission field, but on themselves.
  • But I am guessing we don’t have any major televangelists listening to my sermon this morning, so what does this all have to do with us, the common folk?
  • Well church, don’t make the error of thinking just because your audience is smaller that your sin is justified.
    • I have known many people who have come in and out of this very church who have committed the same sin as those flying in private jets.
    • I have watched people pray long, loud, eloquent prayers in an attempt to look holy…
      • And while these prayers were full of many big words, they lacked power because the Holy Spirit opposed the spirit of the one praying.
    • I have seen countless people tell me how “Anointed” they are if I would only allow them to preach.
    • I have had people claim to be prophets, evangelists, pastors, preachers, teachers, even miracle workers… in an attempt to gain position in the church… They boast of themselves and their own holiness and anointing…
      • And I am not talking about anyone here, not at all!
      • Because all of these people always leave when they find out that Christian Life Church is NOT a place to gain glory.
      • THIS IS NOT A PLACE TO GAIN GLORY! THIS IS A PLACE TO GIVE ALL HONOR AND GLORY TO CHRIST.
  • Listen, if you go on a mission trip and all you have to show for it is a bunch of selfies with impoverished children, then you have become like the scribes and Sadducees.
    • When you go on a mission trip, be it for a week or for a lifetime, the fruit of that trip should be Salvations, and Disciples, and Miracles, and the Gospel being preached!
      • Not that selfies are bad, but selfies are perishable… do something ETERNAL!
      • You ought to go on a mission trip to SERVE CHRIST yet so many go on a mission trip because they want to be served!
        • They want to see the world.
        • They want to go on vacation.
        • So they take money from their church and their friends and their family and they SPEND it on themselves so they can go on an international vacation and feel good about themselves.
    • When we went to Guatemala for a week we took plenty of beautiful pictures… but it was not the point.
      • We preached the gospel! And we saw dozens of salvations.
      • We were open to the Spirit and we saw miracles, brother Eric has a powerful testimony about that.
      • We saw transformation and power and God moving! That is what serving Christ is about!
  • So let this warning to you be great! If you USE Christ, if you use religion as a means for gain, then your condemnation is just! And it will be GREAT! And not only GREAT but your condemnation will be GREATER! Greater than what, then those who die without Christ!

Matthew 11:20-24 ESV  Then he began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent.  (21)  “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.  (22)  But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.  (23)  And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.  (24)  But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

  • What is Jesus saying here? He is saying “Woe to you if you know me and STILL chose to sin against me, for you your day of judgment will be worse than Sodom and Gomorrah!”
  • So please take this opportunity church to ask yourselves “Am I looking to Christ for what I can get out of it, or am I offering my life as a living sacrifice to Christ?!”
    • Use this opportunity, this message, as a guidepost for your life… are you giving more to Jesus than you are taking?
    • Is your sacrifice to Christ getting greater as you mature in Him?
    • Or are you just looking for opportunities to make your life better now?
  • Now that brings me to point two… When you let Jesus use you, your reward will be great.

Point Two – When You Let Jesus Use You, Your Reward Will be Great

Luke 21:1-4 ESV  Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box,  (2)  and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.  (3)  And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.  (4)  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

  • I hate that the put a chapter break right here…
    • Because this is all the same instance…
    • As Jesus was talking about the condemnation of those who use religion for gain, AS HE WAS TALKING ABOUT DEVOURING THE WIDOWS PROPERTY…
      • He looks over, and what does He see? A widow giving the last of her money.
        • Now there is argument over how much these coper coins, called mites, were worth…
        • But it was somewhere between a few cents and a couple dollars.
        • Either way, it wasn’t much and it was all she had.
    • What I find striking, however, is the language Jesus used to describe the mites, verses what the rich brought.
      • Jesus says the rich brought “Gifts” to the offering.
        • Gift implies “I am doing you a favor, I am giving something to you”.
      • But he doesn’t say that about the widow. Instead He simply says that she “put in” two coins.
  • How many of y’all know that God doesn’t need your money?
    • The rich were not doing any favors to God by bringing big gifts, they thought they were hot stuff, but they didn’t impress God.
  • So if God doesn’t need our money then why do we give?
    • Because God want’s us to SACRAFICE.
    • God want’s us to be His and WHOLY HIS!
    • God knows that a dependance on anything other than Him is idolatry and He knows how easy it is to idolize money.
      • But you know what, the Widow did not idolize money, did she?
      • She gave EVERYTHING.
      • And that puts here in the wonderful position of being completely and fully dependent on her savior.
    • So she serves Him fully, and if her Lord want’s her to die, then she will die, but if He wants her to live, then she will live.
      • If he wants her to starve than she will starve, if He wants her to eat than she will eat.
    • And here is the best part, she didn’t put in her two copper coins in order to be blessed, she put them in because that is what her Lord called her to do… but even so the end result is blessing!
  • Remember last weeks sermon? Expect the greater reward.
    • One of the problem with selfish people is that they are FOOLS.
      • And I can say that confidently.
    • Because if they were wise, they would serve Christ fully knowing that the reward at the end is greater than any private jet, fancy car, or any amounts of likes on Facebook!

1 Timothy 6:17-19 ESV  As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  (18)  They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,  (19)  thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

  • Therefore when you give, consider not what is comfortable for you to give, nor consider how big you think your gift is.
    • Simply obey what Christ tells you to give.
  • And when you are asked to serve in the church,
    • Consider not what makes you look the best, or what you think is an important place to serve in…
    • Instead consider the importance of Christ and chose to serve Him wherever you are needed.
  • And when you are called to go on the mission field, consider not where you think you ought to or want to go, simply go where Jesus calls you to go.
  • In whatever you do, do it unto Christ.

Conclusion

  • In conclusion I leave you with this practical passage of scripture, explaining exactly how we should be serving:

Matthew 6:1-6 ESV  “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.  (2)  “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  (3)  But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  (4)  so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  (5)  “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  (6)  But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  • The one place Christ still serves today is on the Cross. The one place it is ok to want fully for Christ to serve you…
    • Gospel Call

Aaronic Blessing


יאר יהוה פניו אליך ויחנך
ישא יהוה פניו אליך וישם לך שׁלום

“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

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“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

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