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November 14, 2013

November 14, 2013

"We Serve God by Serving Others"

“Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.”Mark 10: 43 MSG

Normally, when we think about greatness we define it in terms of power, possessions, prestige and position. Greatness is about being in the driver’s seat, getting what you want in whatever way you want to.

Jesus measured greatness in a very different way. He used service as a sign of greatness. God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you.

That sure does put a different mind set into being great. There are lots of books written about leadership; few about servant-hood. Yet, Jesus calls us to be servants and the church uses the word servant-leader to define leaders.

There are lots of ways you can find out about being a servant. There are inventories you can take that define your gifts. There are conferences you can go to learn how you are equipped to serve. But the first place to look is into your own heart.

If your heart isn’t shaped for service then all the knowledge in the world won’t change you. The interesting thing is that God often shapes our hearts for service by asking us to do things that we’re not shaped for.

It’s that task you stumble across, that you know you’re not really terribly well equipped for, but it needs to be done immediately. You may not have the gift but God has put you in that place. If he’s done that he’s done it for a purpose.

You’ll learn something by serving that person. Is it possible to serve in a church for a lifetime without ever being a servant? How can you know if you have that heart of a servant? Jesus said, “You can tell what they are by what they do.” (Matthew 7: 16 CEV)

Your servant heart reveals your maturity. It takes no special gift to clean up after others or to do tasks that don’t require special gifts. But it does take the heart of a servant to be willing to humble yourself to do them.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don