“So Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:42-45
If your leadership allows you to pick and chose where you serve, or delegate what is beneath you, then you’re not a good leader. Jesus came to serve, and His call is to serve. Since the beginning God has partnered with man to complete His work. God commanded Adam to identify and name every animal, and now he commands us to re-identify humanity, changing our name from lost to found. First, God partnered with man to complete His work of creation, now He partners with man to complete his work of re-creation and re-identification.
Serving Is One Of The Few Things We Can Do On Earth, For Jesus, That We Cannot Do In Heaven.
Can you imagine trying to serve in heaven? Imagine a lighting guy trying to set up a par can when God’s glory is shining right in front of him, brighter than a thousand stars. In the temporary we have serving, in the eternal we have celebration. God doesn’t need someone in heaven to come early and turn the lights. Serving is Earth-bound, and Jesus died so that we could serve.
Serving Jesus Is A Temporary Opportunity.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” – Ecclesiastes 9:10
Work hard now because you will not be able to forever. The day will come when the trumpet blasts (or when you get hit by a bus) and what you will hopefully hear is, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”, not actor, or officer, or pastor, but servant. Why? Because serving cannot be hidden from God, even though it can be imitated on Earth. God sees into the heart, and knows whether or not someone is serving or self-ambitious.
This is the problem. Serving can become ambition disguised in religion. Self-centric serving values personal contribution over people being helped. It strives to reach a position instead of reaching a person. It desires work to be recognized rather than work being fruitful. In fact, self-centric serving is a perversion of the very thing God calls us to do. If your ‘serving’ lifts up yourself instead of lifting up your Savior, then it is not serving- it is sinful. Self-centric serving sounds like:
“They didn’t even say thank you.”
“That was my idea.”
“I’m not called to ___”
“I’ll pray about it.” (Christian answer for laziness)
Serving Is Always An Honor
Honor breeds humility, and humility is trustworthy. Never forget that we get to serve. Therefore, our motto as servant-leaders should be “Whatever. Wherever. Whenever.” Unfortunately, many times we limit our usefulness by putting qualifiers on our serving. Your talents and gifts can wreck your future because what you bring becomes more important than who you are bringing it to. Availability is better than ability, and those that honor opportunities will always be given them.
The season of serving is a lifestyle, and lasts as long as you’re alive.