SERVE – Serving God With Our Resources
In 2020 our focus word for Superstition Foothills Baptist Church is SERVE. Just like in our focus word was BEYOND in 2019, we will be focusing all year long on serving. This sermon is the fourth sermon in our SERVE sermon series entitled Serving God With Our Resources.
In this sermon we explore a passage from Matthew 26. In the scripture from Matthew, we see a woman bring a flask of very expensive fragranced oil to Simon the Leper’s house. She then broke the flask and poured it out on Jesus in an act of worship through service.
The fact that she “wasted” this fragranced oil that was worth a years wages was appalling to some of the disciples. Jesus realized that they were upset and begins to teach some important lessons.
Serve Sermon Featured Passage
“And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.” But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
What’s The Point?
1. We Should Serve God With Our Resources
Mary used a years salary worth of oil to serve God. Often times we struggle to worship God with 10% of our resources. Her sacrifice puts many of us to shame.
2. When we serve God with our resources, we shouldn’t care what anybody else thinks
People always have an opinion of what other people should do with their money. That should never stop us from serving God where and how we He leads us.
3. When we serve God by doing exactly as he leads, everything else will fall in place
The breaking of the marble flask and the pouring out of the expensive oil didn’t negatively effect the service of the poor. God still had every capability to serve the poor in the area. But sometimes we allow someone’s “logic” to hinder us from doing what God has specifically called us to do.
Miss Last Week’s Sermon?
To listen to the last sermon in our SERVE series you can listen to it now: The Waterfall of Serice