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The person on the left of that person was the one who would make sure there was enough food, would get refills for the food and drinks, and all that kinda stuff. It was the servantís place.
Based on what Iíve told you so far, guess which spot I went to first. Thatís right Ė the head.
I avoided that servant spot like the plague. But hey, I was cool about it. I wouldnít just go to that head spot right away. Iíd hang back, pretending to be busy, so it was often the last place left at the table, because no one wanted to be seen as a glory hound.
So when I came up to the table, it would seem as though I had to take it, and that I was not actually seeking that spot.
Look Ė when youíre a little guy like me you take every opportunity you can get to look big.
But you know, I wonder just how successful I was at pretending. My guess is that people saw through my show pretty easily.
Folks, God had to do some major work in me. And I have not forgotten the lessons of that summer almost 20 years ago.
Am I the perfect servant now? Hardly. I still would rather have someone else do the serving, whenever possible.
Serving is hard for me. But guess what? Itís hard for almost everybody, and we have no excuses, because Jesus tells us here that if we want to be like Him we need to serve, and we need to have His attitude toward it, which brings me to my last point this eveningÖ
3. Godly attitudes must prevail.
In the passage from Mark, Jesus alluded to the fact that not just our actions, but our attitudes need to be Christ-like.
But let me read another passage we are familiar with as it regards to attitudes.
Itís in Colossians 3, verses 22-24:
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
This can be summarized like this: remember that ultimately, your boss is Christ.
Remember, God created us to do good works, and so we need to have the attitude that whatever Iím doing, no matter what it is, is actually working for God Himself, and we are fulfilling one of His purposes for us.
This is helpful, because oftentimes we forget that we work to do more than earn a paycheck, or help with a charitable cause like the one tonight.
And our attitude can get a bit sour. I know it has for me, at times, even in the ministry. But God is good, and He often reminds me that what Iím doing will honor God, whether Iím here at the church, or at my other job.
Iíve been waiter, a cook, a dishwasher, a bookstore manager, a vacuum cleaner salesman (that only lasted a weekend, by the way!), an office furniture salesman, and all sorts of stuff.
Now let me tell you, Iíve had jobs Iíve hated. Iíve only been a pastor less than five years, and Iíve had jobs I wouldnít wish on my neighborís dog.
So I know what itís like to struggle to have a good attitude all the time at work. But I have found that as I allow God to remind me of who Iím really working for, I get along pretty well.
So servants should have an attitude
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