When you serve others, you look like Me. When you serve those who despise you, you act like Me. Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.


Have you ever heard me say, “Serving is power because serving is demonstrating Jesus”? Well, I’m going to say it again today. 

First, you get Jesus into any situation by serving Him in that situation. If you don’t learn anything else here today, that right there will change your life. We have to learn how to let certain things impact us. 

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. – James 5:16b

What does it mean when it says “effectual fervent?” It means passionate – you’re passionate because you’re taking it personal. You let things affect you and when you do this, you get Jesus into that situation.

You also have to determine how less than positive things affect you. For example, how your haters affect you is on you. It’s not on anybody else. 

That’s been a hard lesson for me because I really want to win people over. Trust me, there’s a lot of people you just cannot win over so stop beating yourself up trying. 

By the way, you’re fighting the wrong battle if you’re trying to win your haters over. Your job is not to get them to love you. Your job is to demonstrate the love of Jesus to them. When you do that, the results are not yours – they are the Lord’s.

Serve the Lord. Demonstrate Jesus and be passionate about it. You’ll have real power in your life to love those who hate you and to overcome the obstacles life throws at you. I guarantee it.