Summary: In the Discipline of service there is also great liberty. Service allows us to say ’no!’ to the world’s games of promotion and authority. It abolishes our need and desire for a ’pecking order’
In 2006 success is measured by the size of our great wealth, the popularity of our ministry, the size of our Church, In this we seem to miss the mark of being a true servant leader in the kingdom of God.. Our example in all things is the Lord Jesus himself
The servant is not greater than his master!
Mat 20:27-28 (NEB) "...whoever wants to be great must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be the willing slave of all--like the Son of Man; He did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give up his life as a ransom for many."
If personal desire was the sole decision criteria, Jesus would have chosen not to go through the pain and suffering on the cross. In the garden at Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, ’Father if you are willing take this cup from me, yet not my will, but yours, be done.’(Luke 22:42) The weight of the burden of taking not only our guilt but also our sins themselves, had become too heavy. Even at this point, Jesus could have got up and walked away. Thankfully for us Jesus chose the path of Servant, and calls us to share his heart in all things
Philippians 2: 5 Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. 7 He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. 8 And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Serving is not always easy! it leads us to Calvary! And we feel uncomfortable. It begins to hurt our flesh and we feel as though we have been laid bare! We beg God to cover the hammer with felt to make the blows less painful. But the hammer falls and the anvil tears! The truth is some have died in service of the Master.
Hebrews 11 But others trusted God and were tortured, preferring to die rather than turn from God and be free. They placed their hope in the resurrection to a better life. 36 Some were mocked, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in dungeons. 37 Some died by stoning, and some were sawed in half; others were killed with the sword. Some went about in skins of sheep and goats, hungry and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world. They wandered over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. 39 All of these people we have mentioned received God’s approval because of their faith
When I think of servant hood in modern terms, I think of Teresa of Calcutta., I think of Heidi Baker. What is the thing that sets them apart! They serve to see the ONE saved and restored, To see the ONE see Christ in every action, regardless of the cost
No one can demand that sort of servanthood from us. It has to be moulded into us by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not the natural way of the flesh, but of voluntary slavery to the Lord. An obedience that
This servant leadership is rare indeed in 2006
Heidi Baker God has commissioned us over and over again to take care of "the one." The one in front of us.
Heidi Baker: From the freezing cold gypsy huts of eastern Bulgaria to the 115 degree heat of Sudanese refugee camps, from the isolated native Inuits of arctic Canada to the dirt-poor subsistence farmers along the Zambezi River, we see ravenous desire for God among the poor and lowly. Jesus knows their suffering, and He will make it up to them. He will be their God, and they will be His people. He will use them to shame the wise and make the world jealous of their wealth toward Him.”
TERESA OF CALCUTTA
People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.