The biggest legacy you can leave in youth ministry is knowing that you’ve introduced your students to who Jesus is. We don’t just want them to accept the Jesus of Christianity through the knowledge and belief that Jesus was the Son of God. We want our students to experience who Jesus was through the living word, how he lived, and how he loved. In the lesson text below we look at the words Selfless and Selfish. In the scripture text you will see that Jesus defined the word selfless. I’ve posted a lesson text below that I hope will be helpful in guiding your group in the process of becoming selfless. Click here to link to leaders guide.
Lesson Text: Our Selfless King
(Have students read this together. Follow your leaders guide)
There once lived a king whose kingdom was boundless. The earth could not capture its beauty or contain its width. It stretched further than the earth and extended beyond the universe. This kingdom was before life and will continue after life. It does not know time.
The king of this kingdom and his people were and will always be as vast as the sand on the ocean floor. This king is the ruler of all that is and will be. He is the creator of the Universe. He dwelt among his us fully God and fully human. His reign and life on earth was humble. He did not come to rule over us, he came to love us and to live with us. He lived as a servant. He gave all that he had to the point of death on the cross. He was the definition of Selfless.
He is not just a ruler, he is our hope. He did not lift himself up; he lifted those around him up. He did not meet his own needs; he met the needs of those he created. He was not selfish. He was selfless.
Can we say this about ourselves? Do we put other needs in front of our own? Jesus lived a selfless existence on earth. Knowing him, and loving who he was, and who he can be in your heart, is the beginning of living a selfless life.
Philippians 2:5-8 (msg): Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.