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									       WELCOME TO THE PLANET: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?
              Part 5: You Were Shaped for Serving God
                                              Doug Fields

     Will I consume or contribute?
     Am I a getter or a giver?
     Do I expect others to serve me or do I look to serve others?

CHALLENGE:           If you desire to Contribute,
                                      Give, and
                                      Serve Others,
          you must discover your GIFTS and opportunities, and SERVE.
CHALLENGE:                           Consume,
                         If you plan to
                                     Get, and
                                     Be Served,
          you must begin preparing yourself for a LONELY life without much MEANING.

“Service is the route to significance”
If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are
really a nobody. Galatians 6:3
If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and
for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life. Mark 8:35

A PICTURE OF A LIFE NOT WASTED…
Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God. Romans 14:12
God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that
God's generosity can flow through you. 1 Peter 4:10

1. Make a difference HERE (within the local church)
    Now all of you together are Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of
    it. 1 Corinthians 12:27

2. Make a difference in THE WORLD
    And the King will tell them, 'I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers
    and sisters, you were doing it to me!' Matthew 25:40

     God has ministry for you in the CHURCH and a mission for you in the WORLD.
3. Make a difference in ETERNITY
But I know! I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due
rewards, according to what their actions deserve." Jeremiah 17:10

"Take care! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, because then you will lose the reward
from your Father in heaven. When you give a gift to someone in need, don't shout about it as the
hypocrites do-- blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of
charity! I assure you, they have received all the reward they will ever get. Matthew 6:1-2

4. Watch your life be molded to be LIKE JESUS
For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a
ransom for many." Matthew 20:28
            WELCOME TO THE PLANET: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?
                     Part 5: You Were Shaped for Serving God
                                   Doug Fields

I’m glad you’re here tonight. I really wondered about tonight with game six of the World Series
and our Angels being in it and they could be out tonight. Or they could win it all tomorrow.
Either way would be a wonderful thing. If they won it tomorrow would be a thrilling thing. I’m a
huge, huge Angels fan. When you’re an Angels fan or any type of fan and your team is in it. I
went to one of the Angels games in the playoffs. I bought a hat, I bought a shirt for my son, a
shirt for my wife, I got those clappers for my daughters. You didn’t have to buy those. They give
them to you. I got those for my daughters. I did stuff as a fan that I wouldn’t normally do.

No offense to your high school football teams but if I would have gone to the big game last
night, Mission Viejo versus San Clemente (both of those teams are in the top 10) – I like you
guys who go to those schools, but I wouldn’t have bought anything. I watched some of the game
on television last night. I actually watched it to see who won homecoming because I knew some
of the girls on the homecoming court go to our church. But when you’re a fan of a team you do
stuff that you wouldn’t normally do. That’s what fans do. Fans get excited about something
that’s big to them. For me the Angels are big because I grew up here as a kid. I worked at
Anaheim stadium when I was a teenager. Forty-two years the Angels have never been in the
World Series and they’re in the World Series. That’s big. And it gets me excited. But the reason
I’m here tonight and not staying at home watching the game is because I’m much more excited
about one of the purposes we’re talking about. I’m much more excited to think that somebody in
here tonight could do something so great with their life that they would never be the same.

If you’re visiting with us we want to welcome you. We’re glad that you’re here. Saddleback is a
place that we want to create an environment where maybe church can be a little different. We
want to come, we want to laugh, we want to have fun, we want to meet other people but we
unapologetically want to teach the Bible. Tonight we’re in Week 5 of a series that we’re calling
“Welcome to the Planet: What on Earth Am I Here For?” We’ve only got one more week to go
in this series. As a matter of fact some of you who have been here for all five of these messages,
you could come up here and give the introduction. Because you know what the introduction is.
I’ve been saying it week after week. This question, “What on Earth am I here for?” is a big
question. What we said in week one is this. If there is no God … if you’re here tonight and you
don’t think there’s a God, you don’t think there’s a creator, you don’t think there’s a designer
behind this whole playground that we call earth – if there is no God this question “What on earth
am I here for” is really an irrelevant question. It has no meaning whatsoever.

But… what if? And for some of you it’s just an assumption… but what if we assume that there is
a God, that there is a creator, a designer, a maker behind all this. And if there is then when he
created this earth that he had purpose behind his creation. If he had purpose behind his creation
then he has purpose behind your life and my life because we are part of creation. And if there is
purpose behind your life or my life then really what it comes down to is I must either a) ignore it
and blow it off – “God’s got purpose for this world but I don’t really care” – or b) I must pursue
it. I said that first week if you want to pursue God’s purposes for your life, make a commitment
to come the next several weeks. We’ve talked so far about three of the purposes for your life.
Tonight we’re going to look at a fourth purpose and we’ll end next week. But the fourth purpose
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of your life, based on what the Bible teaches is this: “You were shaped for serving God.”
Today’s message is really a message of, “can God use you to make a difference in this world?”
You are shaped for serving God.

I put in your notes some rhetorical questions. You don’t have to circle them now or anything like
that. I’d love for you sometime, in the total honesty of your heart, sometime tonight when you go
home and you’re by yourself, maybe circle the answer to these:

      Will I consume or contribute?
        When it comes to your life if I could go around and call you out by name and say, Will
        you consume or contribute? What I’m suggesting or asking is are you going to be a
        consumer like just take things in or are you going to contribute with your life?
      Am I a getter or a giver? Am I about just getting stuff? I want to consume and get. Or do
        I want to give with my life.
      Then the third question…Do I expect others to serve me or do I look to serve others?
If you would look at those questions. One is about future, one’s about present and the other is
about attitude. As I was thinking about this message I thought, I’ve been talking to high school
students for a lot of years. Twenty years. I think about the students that have come in and out of
the groups. I hate to oversimplify it but it could break down to this: that a lot of people think that
they are either a difference maker or they are a space waster. That may seem a little bit corny.
But they either fall into the difference maker category: “Yeah, I can make a difference with my
life!” or they’re in the category of what I might call a space waster. My hope and my prayer is
that something tonight clicks in your mind or your heart that says, “I don’t want to waste space. I
don’t want to just take up space on this playground. I want to make a difference.” And if you do
want to make a difference I put in your notes a challenge.

Challenge: if you desire to contribute, give, and serve others you must discover your GIFTS
and opportunities and SERVE. It’s real simple. If you want to make a difference, if you want to
contribute, if you want to give, if you want to serve, you’ve got to discover what gifts you have
and God has given you gifts what opportunities there are to use your gifts and then really –
basically – serve. Some of you are sitting here going, “Man, I am on! I’m ready! I’ve got my foot
on the pedal. I’m just ready to put this thing in gear. That’s me. You hit it. You described it. I
want to make a difference. It’s motivating. Encourage me!” Wonderful. You’re going to be a
difference maker if you feel that. If you’re a space waster and you’re just taking up space maybe
you think you’re here by accident, you’re just going through life, you’ll party. You’ll just live
life to its fullest. Here’s my challenge to you.

Challenge: If you plan to consume, get, and be served you must begin preparing yourself for a
LONELY life and one without much MEANING. Some of you, you might disagree with me.
You might blow me off – “That’s what I’d expect a pastor to say” – let me tell you this and
maybe I’m the first one to tell you and if I am – bummer! A life without meaning is a miserable
life. A life without meaning, a life that doesn’t serve, a life that doesn’t contribute, a life that
doesn’t see how can I enhance the world is really a miserable life. And when you live a
miserable life, little things bother you all the time. You’re never happy. Eventually what this
person does is they shrivel up. They become a tired, angry, old person. Or say it like this: if you
live only to please yourself, you’ll wind up empty, you’ll wind up lonely, you’ll wind up feeling
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insignificant. But if you live to serve others you’ll find a deep-rooted joy and a significance that
God intended for you.

I believe this is a truth: “Service is the route to significance.” You want a significant life and if
I was to sit down with you one-on-one – we go to Taco Bell, sit in a booth and you and I just talk
one-on-one – I would guess if you could break away from some of the trappings of the people
that are at your table (or trying to show a different side or a side that’s not interested or a side
that’s too cool or whatever it is), it was just you and me, eye to eye, knee to knee and I asked
you, “Do you want a life of significance?” chances are you’d say yes. I would tell you that the
route, the road, the path to significance is not to be a getter but to be a giver. It’s not to be served,
but it is to serve. I love this verse. It plays in to my type of human and makes me laugh when I
read it out loud. Galatians 6:3 “If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you
are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.” I like that. If you think you’re too cool to
help somebody else the Bible says you’re fooling yourself and you’re a nobody. This week I was
in the church office and I was sharing this verse with Todd. Todd sent me an e-mail.

     If you think you’re hot snot on a totem pole you’re not. You’re really cold booger on a
      toothpick.
     If you think you’re big and bad you’re not. You’re really small and good.
     If you think you’re bad to the bone, you’re not. You’re really only good to the epidermis.
     If you think you’re a Big Man On Campus, you’re not. You’re really just a small woman
      in a parking lot.
     If you think you’re the cat’s pajamas you’re not. You’re really just the dog’s nightgown.
     If you think you’re all that and a bag of chips, you’re not. You’re really just a small
      portion and a can of soup.

Galatians 6:3: “If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling
yourself. You are really a nobody.” The next verse in Mark 8 isn’t funny but it is unique. Jesus is
talking. He says, “If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your
life for My sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will find true life.” Those of you who are
thinkers and if you were able to really lock in intellectually to that verse you will see that that
verse is a paradox. I wanted to make sure I actually use that word “paradox” correctly so I
looked it up in the dictionary. You know you look up a word in the dictionary and it gives you
several definitions. Half the time you read a definition you have to get another dictionary to look
up the actual definition of what you just looked up because you couldn’t understand it. I wanted
to be accurate when I said “paradox” there so I looked up “paradox.” It said, “An argument that
apparently derives self contradictory conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises.”
So I kept looking for a different definition of paradox. Here it is: “A statement that is seemingly
contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet it is true.” A self-contradictory statement that
at first seems true. Look at what the verse says. “Keep your life for yourself and you will lose it.”
That doesn’t seem to make sense. “But if you give up your life you will find true life.” Jesus is
saying, “If you want to live life to its fullest, if you want to live a life of significance it’s not to
hang on to it. It’s to give up your life, to serve other people, to contribute, to be a difference
maker nor a space waster.”



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In your notes, I want to give you four action steps of what I’m calling…A PICTURE OF A
LIFE NOT WASTED…For those of you who care about not wasting your life let me give you a
snapshot, some action steps of some things I really believe will make a life worth living. You
take a little bit of responsibility for your life. I realize we live in an environment where
everybody loves to blame everybody else. But there is a day when you and I have to be
responsible for our life. I love the statements, “Yeah, Mom, I realize I drove the car into Lake
Mission Viejo and I know they found alcohol in my bloodstream but it wasn’t my fault.” We
don’t like to take responsibility for ourselves, for our actions. But here’s the truth. Here’s what
the Bible teaches. It’s not just Doug’s opinion. The Bible teaches that there someday will be a
day when you and I are in the presence of God and we have to take responsibility for our life.
Look what it says in Romans 14. “Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God.”

I don’t know what God’s going to do. I haven’t fully figured it out. But there may be a day when
you are in the presence of God and he wants to know, “Did you use the gifts that I gave you? Did
you take up space? Or did you make a difference?” Look what it says in 1 Peter 4, This is a key
verse “God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them
well [underline “manage them well”] so that God's generosity can flow through you.” God’s
given you gifts. Manage those gifts so that God’s generosity can flow through you. Let me give
you some ways you can manage them.

1. Make a difference HERE (within the local church)
If you go to Saddleback Church here’s my challenge to you. Do you want a life not wasted? You
make a difference here. One of the purposes we talked about a couple weeks ago was, “You are
formed for God’s family.” We talked about God’s family is the church, that each of us was to
belong to one another and build one another up. You want to make a difference, you make a
difference here. You start here. Look at 1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now all of you together are
Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” Underline “separate”
and “necessary.” The image here is an image of a body where everything has a role and it says
they are separate and necessary, that they all work together. And your work here makes a
difference. Even this weekend, do you know what it takes to pull this off? You hear my voice a
lot but I do very little to pull this weekend off. I put a message together. But there are probably
30 or 40 people working behind the scenes doing different things to make this happen. We all
work together. Each of us has a separate gift but we’re necessary for one another.

That’s the image of the body. You don’t see the spleen. Your spleen would not say, “Hey, I’m a
little tired of being a spleen. I’d like to be an ear. Pull me out. Let me see if I can hear.” No, it
doesn’t work that way. A spleen does the work of a spleen. Whatever it does. It spleens. The
esophagus doesn’t say, “Set me free! I want to see!” No. The esophagus is to esophagate. Each
of them has their role. Make a difference here. You know what I’ve found in being here a long
time? I’ve been at Saddleback Church a long time – 10 years. I’ve watched a lot of people come
through this ministry. Thousands that have graduated, gone to college and other churches, come
back over Thanksgiving and Christmas and they say things like this, “I didn’t know what I had
when I was here. I didn’t know what a great place this was. I wish I had gotten involved.” You
take it for granted.

I probably spend about 10-15 hours a week at Taco Bell. I work from about 9-12. I go there and
get a lot of work done. People aren’t going to bother me. The phone doesn’t ring. People don’t
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come into my office. I get a lot of work done. Nobody’s at Taco Bell between 9 and 12. Plus I’m
addicted to Diet Pepsi and it’s free flowing. It’s always there. I never go thirsty. There’s
something about Diet Pepsi. It’s the glorious free-floating bounty, a dark beautiful river of
carbonated bliss. It never ends. It never fades. I’m always able to get a refill. Then when my
family chooses some other place like Del Barfo, I mean Del Taco. Del Taco has Diet Coke. Why
don’t you just put sandpaper in water and give me that. I don’t like it. But when I’m at Taco Bell,
the Diet Pepsi just flows. It’s that never-ending refillable drink. I love it. But sometimes I take it
for granted because it’s always there. I think some of us in here we take this place for granted. I
don’t say this very often. I’m not coming down on you. If you’re a regular I might encourage you
to think about this. I think you take this place for granted. You come here, you sit every week,
you get food, a good message, good music, whatever. There’s people there. There’s Passage
happening this weekend. There’s always a camp or retreat. “I’m just going to come and I’m just
going to be served. I’m just going to come and sit and let them do everything for me.” Until
maybe you stop coming for a while or you go someplace else and you realize that maybe you
took this place for granted.

You want to make a difference in your life? Make a difference here. Start here. This is like the
first step. As a matter of fact in your notes we put a little 5X7 sheet, “Discover Your Ministry.”
You might want to grab that and look at it.

     Step 1: Decide that you want to serve. Decide that you want to make a difference.
     Step 2: Choose a place
     Step 3: Contact the ministry leader or talk to Sara at the Habit Shack.

Then on the front and back there are 15 places with an e-mail address that you can get involved.
If you look on the very back of this page at the bottom, if there’s not one that fits you then start
one. We’ll help you start one. But get involved. I want you to hear from somebody. Her name is
Jessica. She’s going to share a little bit about a ministry that she’s involved in and she’d love to
get you involved.

JESSICA:
I’m a senior at Mission Viejo High School. God has done some pretty big things in my life. But
first let me tell you a little bit about my background. I was raised in a Christian family, a
Christian home my whole life. When I was 5 years old my parents divorced. I don’t really
remember any of the things I thought or felt but what I do know is, I wished my parents were
still together. My mom participated in Divorce Recovery workshops sessions at Saddleback
which was basically just a counseling and support group for parents going through divorce and
their kids. I was put into a children’s class on the nights that she was there. I could relate to a lot
of the kids at that time because we all had different home lives than most kids our age. I accepted
Christ when I was 6 years old at a Psalty concert. If you guys don’t remember who Psalty was he
was a big blue Bible that talked. It was the Veggie Tales of our times. Anyway I went to Sunday
School every Sunday but I didn’t really understand any of the things that they taught us.

It wasn’t until junior high that I wanted to start to come to church. I became more and more
involved to the point that if I missed a weekend service my whole week was thrown off. When I
was in seventh grade I went on my first Mexico Missions trip. It was a lot of hard work but it
was really rewarding. My freshman year I started developing a love for drama. I thought that
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maybe I’d like to do something in theater. I found myself going on the same Mexico Missions
trip next year and the next and the next all the way up to this past year. I found out a lot about
myself, my friends and God.

One morning I was sitting with my Village and the people I had spent the entire week with.
Lynne Ellis who is a former high school pastor here was talking and giving us something to think
about for the day. Then she asked us all a question that changed my whole life. She asked for
anyone who wanted to give their lives to full time ministry to stand up. I felt like God was right
there telling me that this is what he wanted for me. I couldn’t ignore him. Like many other
people I stood up and said yes to God and full time ministry.

God has shown himself to me and through me in incredible ways since that day. Then it hit me.
High School Ministry has a ton of opportunities to get involved. So I began to get involved with
the Broken Home ministry. For the first time in my life I felt like God could really use me. I’d
always known that but I’d never really felt it. I’m ready for whatever God has in store for me.
Ministry is such an awesome thing and the cool part about it is that everyone can do it. Even you.
Ministry is serving God with the gifts that he has given you and everybody has different gifts. In
Romans 12:6-8 “We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If a man‟s gift is
prophecy let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is encouraging, let him encourage. If it is
contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously. If it is leadership, let him govern
diligently. If it is showing mercy, let him let him do it cheerfully.”

We all have different gifts and God wants us to use them. Now that I’ve given my life to Christ
and His ministry I feel like God is right there coaching me through my daily decisions. If you are
not already involved in ministry there’s no better time than now to find out what you can do for
God. I encourage you to take that risk. I have and it changed my life.
                                      END OF TESTIMONY

If you want to start making a difference start here... 2. Make a difference in THE WORLD
I realize this world seems big. What is the world? Basically it’s outside your neighborhood. It’s
outside the little bubble we live in in south Orange County. There are needs all over the world.
Once you start serving here and you understand what God does and say, “I don’t want to be a
space waster. I want to be a difference maker,” and He births some excitement into your life and
you begin to look outside. We take over 500 people to Mexico over spring break. Most high
school students are out partying their brains out over spring break. We’re taking over 500 people
to Mexico to give up a week to work in the dirt and work in these impoverished churches. Why?
Because people have tasted what it’s like to serve the world and they want to do it again. And
they tell a friend and that friend tells a friend and the group has begun to grow. People can’t wait
to get in that environment because it’s outside their neighborhood, their backyard. It doesn’t have
to be in a foreign country.

I gave an illustration last week about Haiti. It doesn’t have to be in Haiti, it doesn’t have to be in
Mexico. We live 15 miles from the inner city of Orange County where there’s a huge homeless
population, incredible poverty, where there’s kids your age that can’t read, where there’s
incredible opportunities for us to get involved in the world. Look at this verse in Matthew 25. It
may not make much sense until I read to you the context of this. “And the King will tell them, „I
assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it
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to Me!‟” Let me read you the context of this and rattle your cage a little bit. In my Bible I have a
little star by these verses. Because that star is a signal to me that this is big. This is big. Jesus is
talking about the final judgment and he says basically,

         “At the end of time the Son of Man comes in glory with the angels around him and he will
         sit on his throne and all the nations will be gathered in his presence and there he will
         separate as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at
         his right hand and the goats at his left. Then the king will say to those on his right,
         „Come, you who are blessed by My Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from
         the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave
         me drink. I was a stranger and you invited me into your home. I was naked and you gave
         me clothing. I was sick and you cared for me. I was in prison and you visited me. Then
         the righteous ones will reply, „Lord when did we ever see you hungry and feed you or
         thirsty and give you something to drink or a stranger and show you hospitality or naked
         and give you clothing. When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you.‟ And the
         king will tell them, „I assure you when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers
         and sisters you were doing it to me.‟”

When you and I make a difference in the world, somewhere outside of our little neighborhood or
our little back yard, then really what we’re doing is, when you feed a hungry person, the Bible says
in essence you’re serving God. When you clothe someone who’s sick, you’re serving God. Some
of your small groups overwhelm me. They’re awesome. You go down to the homeless shelter once
a month and you serve there. It’s incredible. For $22 a month you feed a third world child. In some
of your small groups, four or five people will pitch in a few bucks a month. Do you know that for
$22 a month you can feed, clothe and educate a child across the world? Do you think that’s making
a difference? Oh, yes! That’s big! And if your small group isn’t doing it, I want to challenge you
this week to think about that and talk about that how you can do that.

I have a book. I looked for it in my garage where a lot of my books are but couldn’t find it. It
must be in my church office but I didn’t have time to get it. It’s called Trevor‟s Place. It’s a story
about a student who was in his freshman year in high school. He got a C in public speaking, but
two years later became one of the most sought after speakers in the country as a teenager.
Because he and his dad were driving through the inner city of Philadelphia and he saw people
laying in the street in cardboard boxes with bare feet hanging out of these cardboard boxes,
shivering. As they were shivering and freezing to death he thought, “In my closet I have three
blankets that I’ve never even used.” He said, “Dad, can I take those blankets to the inner city?”
His dad drove him to the inner city and he gave out those blankets. When he gave something
away and he served those people, there was something that happened to him. He went back and
he asked his classmates, “If you have blankets and you want to go, my dad’s got a van and we’re
going this Sunday night to the inner city and we’re going to give out these blankets.” That little
trip started something. Classmates came back, the school caught the excitement. Everybody
started collecting these blankets. Long story short, the whole book is about this kid who, while
he was in high school, started these blanket drop centers called Trevor’s Place, collecting
blankets for homeless people. Do you think he made a difference in the world? Sure he did.



These transcripts are part of the new “Welcome to the Planet” Super-Series by Doug Fields. The Super-Series includes the   8
audio for all 6 student messages (CDs and mp3). Plus; Power Point notes, 6 Power Point games, promotional graphics, and
audio commentary on the overall series. With this resource you have the potential for 6 turnkey weeks of youth ministry
programming. These extra elements are available at http://purposedriven.com/en-US/Youth/PDYM_Home.htm.
Here’s the bottom line of these first two points: God has ministry for you in the CHURCH and a
mission for you in the WORLD. When you have a ministry in the church and a mission in the
world here’s what happens…3. Make a difference in ETERNITY
I realize this one is a little tough. You might even write off to the side of your notes “reward.”
This concept of reward is a tough one. In the time that we have I can’t fully explain it, but the
Cliff Note version is, the Bible is very clear that there will be some type of rewards in heaven.
That’s what eternity is. We’re either going to spend eternity with God or eternity separated from
God. The Bible teaches about rewards. Look what it says in Jeremiah 17:10, “But I know! I, the
LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards,
according to what their actions deserve.”

I don’t want to communicate what is described as a works theology. That means that you can
work your way to God. You can’t work your way to God. But what I am saying the Bible teaches
is that in heaven there will be a reward for our works. But please hear me very clearly. You can’t
work your way to God. The Bible teaches that you come to God by faith alone. Only faith can
save us. Only faith can make us right with God. Only faith – me putting my faith in Jesus Christ
who died on the cross and rose from the dead – only my faith gets me to heaven. Not works. If
works got us to heaven, like “That person is such a good person. Look at all they did,” if works
got us to heaven, Jesus wouldn’t have had to die on the cross. If you could pay your own way
Jesus wouldn’t have had to die on the cross.

I want to be real clear about that, but I also want to teach that the Bible says that God rewards us.
There will be rewards in eternity. Look at Matthew 6:1-2, “Take care! Don't do your good deeds
publicly, to be admired, because then you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When
you give a gift to someone in need, don't shout about it as the hypocrites do – blowing trumpets
in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I assure you, they have
received all the reward they will ever get.” So some of you who are student leaders here and you
help out afterwards, you clean up tables or you stack chairs, you do it kind of hoping that your
small group leader catches your eye and goes, “What a great person. He’s helping clean up and
stack chairs.” You just lost your reward. But when you do things behind the scenes and you do
things with the right heart so that God sees it. If that is your heart that you’re just doing it to
serve God, that’s where the reward comes. But if you’re doing it to be eye candy to other people
so people will say, “That was neat. I saw what you did. I noticed that.”

That’s what hypocrites do. Hypocrites would go into the synagogue and when they would give
an offering they would make some noise and then they would give their offering. They would
give their offering for others to see it. As a matter of fact, that’s the actual reason we don’t pass a
little basket here. Most churches when they take an offering they pass a basket. I don’t want to
do that. I don’t want anybody to do that so they feel like they’ve got to give to be seen by other
people. We have a little mailbox in the back. Why? Because when you give, if you give of your
finances as a tithe, an offering to God, do it in secret between you and God. Not to be seen by
other people. But when you serve, you make a difference in eternity. So serve here, serve the
world. That’s the here and make a difference in eternity. And while we’re doing that here’s what
happens…

4. Watch your life be molded to be LIKE JESUS

These transcripts are part of the new “Welcome to the Planet” Super-Series by Doug Fields. The Super-Series includes the   9
audio for all 6 student messages (CDs and mp3). Plus; Power Point notes, 6 Power Point games, promotional graphics, and
audio commentary on the overall series. With this resource you have the potential for 6 turnkey weeks of youth ministry
programming. These extra elements are available at http://purposedriven.com/en-US/Youth/PDYM_Home.htm.
Actually for those of you who were here last week this ties in to what we talked about last week.
Remember last week we said you’re created to be like Christ. Let me end by saying this. You are
never more like Jesus Christ than when you serve. Whether you come early and you stand at the
door and you pass out bulletins and you say, “I’m doing this because I know that somebody
might come in and get a smile and get a bulletin.” Or you become a table leader and you come
here on Saturday night to sit at a table and lead other people. You get other people plugged in.
You come up here and play as part of the band or when we do the dramas or whatever it is,
wherever you serve, you are never more like Jesus than when you serve.

Look at this verse in Matthew 20, “For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to
serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.” The context of this verse is Jesus’ followers
were hanging out with Jesus one day and in Matthew 20 it says the mother of James and John
comes to Jesus. Some of you in here who have highly protective moms you will appreciate this. I
had a highly protective mom, always looking out for her son Doug and the injustices of the
world. Here’s James and John and she says to Jesus – I’ll give you the Cliff notes – “Jesus, when
my boys get to heaven can they sit at your right hand side?” She was trying to get them in prime
real estate. “My boys are good boys. When they get to heaven can they be with you?” There was
arguing amongst the other disciples, “Kiss ups! I can’t believe you brought your mom to talk to
Jesus about that!”

Then Jesus kind of pulls a time out and goes, “Hey, stop! It shouldn’t be that way among you.”
He goes on to say that the world and the rulers all love to show their authority but it should not
be that way among you. If anyone wants to be great they serve. If you want to be first in the
kingdom you be last on earth. That’s what Jesus said. “For even I the Son of Man came here not
to be served but to serve others and to give My life as a ransom for many.” So you and I, we’re
never more like Jesus than when we serve. Watch your life be molded to be like Jesus.

Let’s pray together. This is a lot to think about. I’m glad that you were here tonight. The Bible
says you were shaped for serving God. God didn’t create you to take up space. God created you
to make a difference in this world, to use your gifts to discover them, to search out the
opportunities and then to serve. If you’re not currently serving somewhere, someone, some way
and maybe you felt like during tonight’s message maybe I should. That wasn’t me. That was the
Holy Spirit rapping on your heart saying, “You’re never more like Jesus than when you serve.”
And it ties into that purpose that we talked about last week.

God, thanks for tonight. Thanks for the people that are here. Thanks for your love for us, that
your love for us isn’t based on whether we serve. Your love for us isn’t based on whether we
serve up front or behind the scenes. You love us because you created us. But you created us to
serve. As we do good deeds to others whether it’s here in this church or around the world that
your love can flow through us. Thank You, God, that Jesus, the God-man came to serve and to
give his life as a ransom for ours. That whoever believes in him should not die but have
everlasting life. We hang on to that hope as we try to figure out this whole life thing here on
earth. Thanks God for Your love. We pray that we would be different because we’re here
tonight. In Jesus’ name. Amen.



These transcripts are part of the new “Welcome to the Planet” Super-Series by Doug Fields. The Super-Series includes the   10
audio for all 6 student messages (CDs and mp3). Plus; Power Point notes, 6 Power Point games, promotional graphics, and
audio commentary on the overall series. With this resource you have the potential for 6 turnkey weeks of youth ministry
programming. These extra elements are available at http://purposedriven.com/en-US/Youth/PDYM_Home.htm.

								
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