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Who's Serving Who?

Warm-Up: Pray: "Jesus, change the way I see the people around me. Help me see them as more important than myself. Help me serve them well." Read Matthew 20:25-28 out loud.

Round 1: Write down the different types of people mentioned in this passage (rulers, officials, servants, etc.). Now circle the most important group.

Round 2: In your journal, write out the phrase "People serve me." Next to that phrase write the phrase "I serve people." Now think about these two phrases and circle the one that BEST describes how you relate to others.

Round 3: Jesus flips our idea of greatness upside down in this passage. Verse 28 says that Jesus came to serve. Make a list of 5 ways Jesus served people when He walked the earth.

Burnout: Pray: "Jesus, I see how the powerful people in my world sometimes abuse their power and how the people with authority sometimes abuse their authority. This isn't how your kingdom works. Instead, I want to be great in your kingdom so I will choose to be a servant. I want to be first in your kingdom so I will serve people like you served people. Help me to consider the needs of others as more important than my own." Today, when you feel yourself start to rise up to demand something, remind yourself to back down and consider the needs of others as more important than your own.

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Love One Another

Warm-Up: Pray: "Jesus, when you walked this earth, you declared a new way of living. Continue to declare it in my heart through the Holy Spirit. Without you, I can't love well." Write out John 13:34-35 in your journal.

Round 1: Underline the phrase "love one another" every time it appears in these verses. Now rate yourself on how well you love other people—on a scale of 1-10. 1 being you don't love others at all, 10 being you couldn't love people more.

Round 2: List at least 3 types of people that you don't love well and why. Ask God for ideas on how to love these people. Pray that God would change your heart and make it soft towards all people.

Round 3: Take 5 minutes to build a list of the ways God loves you. Don't rush. Close your eyes if you have to. Don't go to the next step until you have a list of at least 5 things. Use your Bible to help you if you need it.

Burnout: Pray: "Jesus, I accept the new command that you have given me: to love others well. Since you have loved me unconditionally, my only response must be to love others well.  This is how everyone will know that I am your disciple, when I love others." Today, do the hard thing, and find a way to show God's love to someone on your list. Do it.

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