Nosotros?he tenido una semana maravillosa en la escuela bíblica de vacaciones. Quiero agradecer a Dana Stevenson y su maravilloso equipo de voluntarios que han hecho esta semana tan especial para tantos niños. Nuestro tema de esta semana ha sido ?Dios?Patio grande s,? y durante toda la semana los niños aprendieron sobre servicio.

Hay muchas cosas que nuestros hijos son enseñadas hoy y muchos de los que están dispuestos a enseñarles. La lista de personas que están enseñando a jóvenes hoy son legión. Hay padres que pasan tiempo con sus hijos enseñándoles lo que es importante para su familia. Profesores pasan tiempo con nuestros hijos cada día en sus escuelas. Hay influencias, positivos y negativos, en nuestros niños?barrios de s que pasan tiempo lo enseñándoles?es importante para ellos. Entrenadores de enseñan a nuestros hijos acerca de cómo jugar a su deporte específico. También hay hombres y mujeres en las iglesias en esta ciudad que tienen un deseo de enseñar a los niños acerca de Dios?s amor y lo que significa ser un seguidor de Jesús. Si usted y yo fuimos a compilar una lista de las diez lecciones que nuestros niños están aprendiendo se atreven diría que siendo un ?criado? no estaría en la lista.

Padres, mentores, profesores, entrenadores, and friends spend much more time teaching kids how to throw a perfect spiral, hit a fastball, make a dollar or an ?La,? how to get ahead, or do their chores than we spend on teaching kids how to be a servant. I believe with all of my heart that we are missing out on one of the most important lessons that we can teach our kids?y sirve.

I want to take you to a story that is recorded in Mark?s Gospel this morning to illustrate the battle that was going on in Jesus? time and which continues to our day today. Jesús? disciples had the greatest opportunity of anyone who had ever lived to learn what was important to God. Después de todo, they spent three years of their lives eating, bebida, sleeping, and traveling day-in and day-out with Jesus, que era Dios en la carne. After spending all of that time listening to Jesus teach, watching Him live each day, and observing the contrast between how the world does things and how Jesus did things?they still didn?t get it. Deje que?s read our Scripture found in Mark 10:35-45.

35 Then James and John, los hijos de Zebedeo, came to him. «maestro,» dijeron, «we want you to do for us whatever we ask.» 36″¿Qué quieres hacer por ti?» -preguntó. 37 Ellos respondieron, «Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.» 38 «You don’t know what you are asking,» Jesús dijo:. «Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?» 39 «Podemos,» ellos respondieron. Jesús les dijo:, «You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.» 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesús los reunió y dijo, «Usted sabe que aquellos que son considerados como gobernantes de los Gentiles enseñorean de ellos, y sus altas autoridades ejercen autoridad sobre ellos. 43 No es así con usted. En lugar, el que quiera hacerse grande entre vosotros será vuestro servidor, 44y el que quiera ser el primero, será siervo de todos. 45 Porque el Hijo del Hombre no vino para ser servido, sino para servir, y para dar su vida en rescate por muchos.» (Marcos 10:35-45 NIV)

Esta historia, from the life of Jesus, paints for us in the clearest colors, the stark contrast between what we want out of life and what God desires for us in life. James and John went to Jesus and said, «we want you to do for us whatever we ask.» ISN?t that still what we want from God today? We are not nearly as concerned about God?s will for our lives as we are about God fulfilling our desires for our lives. ?Just do whatever we ask God and everything will be just fine.? What did James and John want from Jesus? Bien, of course they wanted what would benefit them. We read in Mark 10:37,

37 Ellos respondieron, «Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.» (Marcos 10:37 NIV)

James and John wanted the place of honor next to Jesus once Jesus was crowned King. They pulled Jesus to the side before any of the other disciples could get to Him and asked Him if they could have the best seat in the house. Cómo, after spending so much time with Jesus, did they learn that ?primero? was best? Cómo, after watching Jesus give of Himself to so many, did they learn that ?yo? was most important? The truth of those questions is that they didn?t learn those things from Jesus. The desire to have what we want, for us to be first, is innate within each of us?it is part of our sin nature. Jesus had to have been disappointed as He listened to what James and John were saying. What did He do? How would He respond to James and John? Scripture says that He called all of them together?not just James and John, but all of the disciples. Look at Mark 10:42-44 dice.

42 Jesús los reunió y dijo, «Usted sabe que aquellos que son considerados como gobernantes de los Gentiles enseñorean de ellos, y sus altas autoridades ejercen autoridad sobre ellos. 43 No es así con usted. En lugar, el que quiera hacerse grande entre vosotros será vuestro servidor, 44y el que quiera ser el primero, será siervo de todos. (Marcos 10:42-44 NIV)

Jesus called all of His disciples together to teach them. Jesus used James and John?s selfish ambition as a springboard to teach His disciples the difference between what is important to the people of the world and what is important to God. What is important to the world? Energía, Popularidad, position, and privilege would have to be at the top of the list don?t que crees? ?I want what I want and I want it now!? is the mantra of the modern-day. Jesus took the time to point out to His disciples that this mantra, alive and well in His own day, was far from what God desired for His people. Jesus told His followers that the way of the Gentiles, using their power, position, and privilege over others, is not the way of God?s personas.

Jesús dijo:, ?If you want to be great then you must become a servant. If you want to be first, then you must become a servant.? What does it mean to become a servant? Esa es una gran pregunta. Paul wrote to the people of Philippi and he told them,

3 No hagan nada por egoísmo o vanidad;, pero con humildad consideren a los demás como superiores a sí mismos. 4 Cada uno debe velar no sólo por sus propios intereses, sino también por los intereses de los demás. 5 Su actitud debe ser la misma que la de Cristo Jesús: 6 Quien, siendo en forma de Dios, no consideró el ser igual a Dios como algo a ser captada, 7 se rebajó voluntariamente, tomando la naturaleza de siervo, hecho semejante a los humanos. 8 Y estando en la condición de hombre, se humilló a sí mismo, haciéndose obediente hasta la muerte– , y muerte de cruz! (Filipenses 2:3-8 NIV)

To be a servant means that you put the needs of others above those of your own. To be a servant means that you don?t have to be first, usted don?t have to be the greatest. It means that you work to bless the lives of others instead of looking to be blessed. To be a servant means that you don?t have to try to work your way into the company of the most popular kids at school?it means that you befriend those that nobody else wants to hang out with at lunch. To be a servant means that you look for ways to bless your neighbors, even those who aren?t so neighborly. To be a servant means that you don?t worry nearly as much about your time as you think about His purpose for your life. To be a servant means that you welcome your own discomfort so that God can use you to bring comfort to others.

You can look around you to try and find models to emulate in life, but I want to urge you to look to Jesus. As Jesus was preparing to go to the cross He gathered with His disciples for the Passover Feast. John tells us the story in John 13:1-5.

1 Fue justo antes de la Fiesta de la Pascua. Jesús sabía que había llegado el momento para que pasase de este mundo al Padre. Habiendo amado a los suyos que estaban en el mundo, ahora les mostró toda la extensión de su amor. 2 Se servía la cena, y el diablo ya había incitado a Judas Iscariote, hijo de Simón, para traicionar a Jesús. 3 Jesús sabía que el Padre había puesto todas las cosas en las manos, y que había salido de Dios ya Dios volvía; 4 así que se levantó de la comida, se quitó la ropa exterior, y tomando una toalla alrededor de su cintura. 5 Después de esto, echó agua en una palangana y comenzó a lavar sus discípulos’ pies, secarlos con la toalla con que estaba ceñido. (Juan 13:1-5 NIV)

The King of glory?the servant of all. If Jesus lived His life based upon His power or position He would have never picked up the towel and tub of water and began to wash the nasty feet of His disciples. Pero recuerde, Jesus said His mission in life was not be served, pero para servir y para dar su vida en rescate por muchos. We are called to follow in His steps.

Do you know the wonderful thing about being a servant? Everyone is welcome, the opportunity is presented to everyone here this morning. If we were looking for scientists then that would rule some of us out. If we were looking for millionaires then that would rule most of us out. If we were looking for great athletes then that would eliminate many of us. God is not looking for any of these, but He is looking for servants and therefore you are all invited to take up the towel and the basin of water before you leave here this morning and begin to wash the feet of those around you. Martin Luther King Jr.. dijo una vez,

Usted don?t have to have a college degree to serve. Usted don?t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. Usted don?t have to know Plato and Aristotle. Usted don?t have to know Einstein?s theory of relativity. Usted don?t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.

This past week our leaders have been teaching our kids about one of the greatest lessons in life?servicio. I want to encourage you parents who are with us this morning to continue what our leaders have begun. Algunos de usted puede preguntarse:, ?How can I do that? Don?t know too much about the Bible. YO?m not really sure I know that much about being a servant. How can I continue to teach my kids?? That is a great question and I want to give you two suggestions.

Ante todo, go to God?s Word and use the story of Jesus? life to teach them about what it means to be a servant. There is no greater example. Read the Gospels with your kids, take time to point out how Jesus served those around Him, how He made time for others, and how He blessed those around Him. God encouraged His people in Deuteronomy 11:18-21 about how they could affect the lives of their kids for the Kingdom. Lean conmigo.

18 Corregir estas palabras mías en sus corazones y mentes; atarlas como señal en tu mano y se unen en sus frentes. 19 Enséñeles a sus hijos, hablando de ellas cuando estés en tu casa y cuando andes por el camino, cuando te acuestes y cuando te levantes. 20 Las escribirás en los postes de tu casa y en tus puertas, 21 para que tus días y los días de vuestros hijos pueden ser muchos en la tierra que el Señor juró dar a tus antepasados, tantos como los días que los cielos sobre la tierra. (Deuteronomio 11:18-21 NIV)

We should follow in their steps. Point your kids to the Word of God and especially to the life of Jesus.

En segundo lugar, give them opportunities to learn the blessing of serving. Find ways that you can serve those around you and take your kids with you so that they can learn how to be a servant. This is our purpose for having Mission Sunday at BCC. Each month, on the second Sunday of each month, some of our adults join with our Middle School and High School kids and give up their morning worship so that they can go to the Indian Mission Church and serve. They meet here early on Sunday morning and prepare a meal for about 100 de gente, they make sack lunches for the people to take with them when they leave the mission, they lead the morning worship service, and nobody leaves the Indian Mission more blessed than our kids and their leaders. Podemos?t teach our kids what it means to be a servant without giving them opportunities to serve. If we are serving alongside of our kids then the lessons will be learned in a much more powerful way.

These are the two key lessons you need to take home with you in order to teach your kids how to become a servant. Use God?s Word to teach them about the servant life of Jesus and set an example for young people as they serve alongside of you. After Jesus washed the feet of His disciples He said,

14 Ahora que lo, el Señor y el Maestro, os he lavado los pies, vosotros también debéis lavaros los pies los unos. 15 Porque os he dado ejemplo para que vosotros hagáis como yo he hecho con ustedes. (Juan 13:14-15 NIV)

The first step for anyone who desires to become a servant is to submit and surrender. We must surrender our hearts to Jesus and confess that we are in great need of His saving grace and mercy. Once Jesus comes to live in our hearts He will begin a work in us that is unexplainable. He will begin to transform us from selfish to servant. Ganó?t en que invito?
Mike Hays
Britton Christian Church
922 NW 91a
OKC, OK. 73114
Julio 20, 2008
bccpreacherman@aol.com

Enseñarles a servir
Marcos 10:35-45