The Christian life is not an easy life. There’s nothing in the bible that says in the moment we allow Jesus into our lives, it’ll be smooth sailing from there on out. In fact, the waters will get a bit rough as we face criticism and disapproval from those around us. Watch today’s video as we learn how to follow in the humble and servant-hearted footsteps of Jesus, while living in a world consumed by status and authority… 

 

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

John 15:18 


In the bible, when people started to follow Jesus, he had to warn them that it is a difficult path! He says, if you want to follow me, the things that I am going to call you to do, the people who I am going to call you to love, and the life that I am going to call you to live are not popular! We live in a culture that thrives off of privilege, narcissism, and significance; in the middle of this, Jesus calls us into humility.
 

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

1 John 3:16



This is how God wants us to be seen by the people around us! The Almighty God laying down his life for his people, and then calling them to do the same. This is what it looks like to follow Jesus: Sacrifice. Humility. Selflessness. Loving others through your actions. Giving to those in need.

 

Consider the questions below and spend some time answering them in your own quiet time:

1.     Who at school rubs you the wrong way? How can you start loving this person with a sacrificial kind of love? What can you do to serve them?

2.     Read John 13:1-17. Jesus, who had all the power and all the authority, humbled himself down and took on the role of a servant.

a.     Make a list of a tangible ways you can “humble yourself” and take on the role of a servant at home, in the classroom, and with your friends. Tackle them one by one!

3.     Brainstorm ways in which your Life Group can serve together on a more regular basis. Share these with your group next week!

4.     Jesus tells us what when we belong to Him, we no longer belong to the world. What are some things “of the world” that you idolize? Why is it that this often comes before Christ in your life?

a.     Memorize Matthew 6:33