How to Offer Self-Giving Love to Others (Like Jesus)

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A sermon idea based on Luke 7:11-17 about how to cultivate a life of loving other people in intentional, sacrificial ways like Jesus.

How to succeed the old-fashioned way: Work hard. Work your way up. Get more stuff. Work your way up even more. Get even more stuff.

But Jesus’ way to success and greatness is completely flipped upside down. Jesus teaches us to stoop, to bend, to bow, to kneel, and to wash the feet of other people.

Example: There is a culture among Youtubers today of getting as rich as possible as fast as possible to show off as much stuff as possible. And then there is Mr. Beast, who spends as much on an episode, giving things away, as he earned on the previous episode.

To be successful in the sense that Jesus was successful, get low and love people. Sacrifice your own interests to serve others.

Luke 7:11-17 NRSV

[11] Soon afterwards he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went with him. [12] As he approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow; and with her was a large crowd from the town. [13] When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.” [14] Then he came forward and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!” [15] The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. [16] Fear seized all of them; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has risen among us!” and “God has looked favorably on his people!” [17] This word about him spread throughout Judea and all the surrounding country.

There are four phrases in this passage that point us to four key concepts to help us love people in self-giving ways.

1. “He saw…”
Keyword: INTENTIONALITY:
Notice people and pursue relationships.

So many people today feel invisible and insignificant, like an inconvenience with their pain and suffering. Noticing is a ministry of kindness.

2. “He felt…”
Keyword: EMPATHY:
Cultivate sensitivity to what others are feeling.

Verse 13 in The Message says, “When Jesus saw her, his heart broke.”

It takes internal work to develop empathy. Some people are more naturally inclined to feel empathy than others, but we can all look for opportunities to exercise our empathy muscle, especially when we pray for other people.

3. “He touched…”
Keyword: ACTION:
Get personally involved in meeting needs.

Think about how often Jesus physically touched people as he addressed their situation. He sat children on his knees, rubbed his spit in the mud to heal a man’s blindness, touched the lepers, etc.

4. “He gave…”
Keyword: GENEROSITY:
Give of yourself to serve other people.

Time
Attention
Ability
Money

See. Feel. Touch. Give.

That’s what Jesus did.
It’s what he still does.
It’s the way to love people like Jesus.


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