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Live Selflessly      John 12:24-33, 35-36, 44-48
       Dec. 01-13

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Introduction

       Do you find it sort of unusual to meet people who could be classified as ones living selflessly? When we meet some one we could classify that way it will normally be a Christian. But sadly, Christians living that way are not as numerous as they should be.

 

1.   The . . Principal of Living Selflessly. 12:24-26

       A.   The Principal of . . Giving Yourself Away. 12:24-25

       24 "I assure you: Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it

       produces a large crop.

       25 The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal

       life.

       B.   The Principal of . . Gaining Eternal Honor. 12:26

26 If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me. Where I am, there My servant also will be. If anyone serves

       Me, the Father will honor him.


       If we choose to life selflessly we have an excellent pattern in Jesus. Jesus used an example of a grain of wheat and that is a fine example but He makes an even better one. If we love our life supremely we will never

love and follow Christ like He desires for us. When we have the thought of giving our self away in His service we are on the road to selfless living. How can we receive eternal honor from the Heavenly Father? Selfless service to Jesus will be recognized by the Father and He will give us eternal honor.

 

2.   The . . Price of Living Selflessly. 12:27-33

       A.   The Price of . . Personal Sacrifice. 12:27-29

       27 "Now My soul is troubled. What should I say—Father, save Me from this hour? But that is why I came

       to this hour.

       28 Father, glorify Your name!" Then a voice came from heaven: "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it

       again!"

       29 The crowd standing there heard it and said it was thunder. Others said, "An angel has spoken to Him!"

       B.   The Price of A . . Painful Death. 12:30-33

       30 Jesus responded, "This voice came, not for Me, but for you.

       31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out.  

       32 As for Me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to Myself."

       33 He said this to signify what kind of death He was about to die.


       What ever lifestyle we chose we need to recognize it carries a price. To live our life for Christ means we will pay a price. On one occasion I heard of a missionary who after years of service gave her testimony and afterward a lady said to her I would give the world to have a testimony like you gave. Th missionary said, that is exactly what it cost me. What is your lifestyle costing you? Jesus’ lifestyle caused Him to pay a price that took a very painful death. All along the way Jesus knew what a selfless life was costing Him and He preceded to the cross in obedience to the Father.

 

3.   The . . Present Urgency of Living Selflessly.      John 12:35-36

       A.   The Present Urgency of . . Walking in the Light. 12:35

       35 Jesus answered, "The light will be with you only a little longer. Walk while you have the light so that

       darkness doesn't overtake you. The one who walks in darkness doesn't know where he's going.

       B.   The Present Urgency of . . Witnessing so people will surrender to the light. 12:36

36 While you have the light, believe in the light so that you may become sons of light." Jesus said this, then went away and hid from them.


       Do you think there is a present urgency for Christians to walk in the spiritual light Jesus produces? Almost every Bible Believing person I know speaks of a spiritual urgency and wished our nation will return to the Biblical principals. The movie and television industry do not seem to care about producing information that will honor a godly lifestyle. They seem to think sales and the production of large numbers are the most important results. If we can help people live for Jesus and witness for Him we will be fulfilling an urgent need for this generation and others.

 

4.   The . . Preciseness Of Christ Words for One deciding to Live Selflessly. 12:44-48

       A.   The Preciseness Of Jesus As . . Spiritual Light. 12:44-46

       44 Then Jesus cried out, "The one who believes in Me believes not in Me, but in Him who sent Me.

       45 And the one who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.

       46 I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me would not remain in

       darkness.

 

       B.   The Preciseness Of Jesus And His . . Spoken and Recorded Words. 12:47-48

47 If anyone hears My words and doesn't keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.

       48 The one who rejects Me and doesn't accept My sayings has this as his judge: the word I have spoken

       will judge him on the last day.


       Spiritual Light takes people out of Spiritual darkness and places them in a belief system that causes them to believe Jesus is the Light and the Savior of the World. Because of this position they surrender to Jesus for their personal salvation. They also become part of the spiritual light Jesus shares. People can pay attention to the written word captured by those who were inspired to write it down. His word will be the guidelines for judgement. I am comfortable knowing that because His Word helps me to desire to Live Selflessly!! Amen? Amen!