John 13:1-17 Jesus washed the disciples feet, modeling a servant leader’s attitude & actions. Mark 10:41-45 “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.…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.”
Jesus turns everything on its head. Our natural attitude in life is to hope to advance in life so that we no longer have to wait on others, we want to be the one served. We want to be a consumer who gets what we want. We want to choose the channel and watch our show. Jesus wants something else. He wants servant leaders. The disciples struggled with this. They vied with each other to claim the top spot next to Jesus. They even argued with Jesus when he told them his plans. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.…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.”
Being a servant requires a selflessness. That is, the ability to set ones own needs and interests aside for the sake of others. Many of us find it hard to switch from being consumers to being servers. This requires that we change focus to others instead of ourselves. Consumers look for what they want, servers look out for others. This is an essential transformation in the christian in order to truly be like Christ.
Are you a consumer or a server at church? In other words, do you think that everything should be done the way you prefer? Do you go to church to sit and be served or to serve others? Do you think that it is more important that things at church should suit members or that things should be done in a way the reaches out to new people.
Servant leaders do not lead for their own purpose or fulfillment. They treat those who serve under their direction as partners, not as their servants. They build teams with common purpose. Vous Church in Florida describes it like this, “If you’re too big to serve then you are too small to lead.”
How can a leader also be a servant? How do you stack up as a servant leader? How important is it for you to become a servant leader?
It is essential that everyone find something they can do. One of the marks of spiritual maturity is that we go beyond being a consumer and begin to serve God and others. What you do is not as important as the need for you to get involved. Look for a place to contribute. Look for something you CAN do and offer to do it. its often the little things that go undone. The little things that can fill the gaps in welcoming someone new when they come in the door, you can do. The little things that can be done to show hospitality to guests with coffee and personal care, you can do. The little things that help a class full of kids to be safe and well cared for, you can do. We can go on and on. If you are waiting for something special, something that excites your passion, something that will be worth your time or something to hit you with a lightning bolt of inspiration, you are waiting for the wrong thing. Grab hold of some little thing you can do and do it!
What can you do? If you are not doing it, why not?
We are busily working to produce a list of the serve needs that we have in church every week to help you to find something you can do. Watch for it in the next two weeks and enter in to Serve.