Posted by: everynation | June 15, 2009

The Reward of Serving

tim-johnsonby Tim Johnson

When you serve something happens in the external world around you.  Have you ever wondered why 90% of Americans claim to believe in God yet we live in such a hurting country.  But, if will begin to serve in our local church something will begin to happen in culture around us.  The church is always looking for leadership in this country and we seem to always forget the pathway.  If you want leadership in some one’s life, serve them!

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.  When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’ “But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”  Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

The pathway to greatness and changing a nation is not about votes or political power its about serving the hurting, isolated, and the poor and demonstrating the love of Christ.  Jesus understood this and served people on every occasion possible.  There are plenty of hearers in America just not many doers.  If you’ll serve you’ll impact your culture.  Zacchaeus was a man who was despised for being a crooked tax collector yet Jesus sought Him out.  In that small simple act revival exploded in the city.  No miracle, no preaching, just Jesus deciding to visit the one man in the city that no one wanted to visit.  Zacchaeus was in awe that Jesus would even call to him.  Jesus realized at that moment who Jesus was and his heart began to break because someone actually reached out to him. Because of this Zacchaeus would go on to restore to every one he robbed 4 times the amount he took from them. Do you see it yet?  All of sudden the love of God was poured out in Zacchaeus’ heart and an economic revival broke out all because Jesus decided to serve one who was rejected by society.  This is how the church is to gain influence in culture. We must invest our time, talents, gifts, and money into the Kingdom of God and you will have influence in ways you never thought possible.

Tim Johnson is a former football player and the founder of Orlando World Outreach Center.  He lives with his wife, Le’Chelle, and thier family in Windermere, Florida.

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  1. Strong word friend, and you are a great example of servant leadership!


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