Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. – Mark 10:43 (Msg)
“We serve God by serving others.”
These days, being a servant is not what people of the world are after. They want to be served. People want money, power, things, higher position. I agree, money is good. Gotta pay the bills, right? It would be nice to have more of it, so I could fix this old house, enlarge it a little, pay off some bills, pay for Hallie’s braces without struggling. But money isn’t everything, and even though we don’t have a lot of it, we get by ok. We have what we need and, mostly, to me, that means we have each other, we are safe and we are in good health. We have healthy food on the table and we have a ton of love. Really, what more could you want? Oh, you can always want more, but if I never have more, I’ll still be thankful and have a very glad heart because I have a home full of love and my sweet Mama is right next door. I never want to live far from her again. Being over 2,000 miles away for years showed me that. And we just grow closer every day. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my family.
Jesus did not measure greatness in terms of power and prestige. He measured greatness “in terms of service, not status. God determines your greatness by how many people you serve, not how many people serve you.” I know how hard this can be. We have a selfish nature. We want what we want when we want it. This is not God’s wish for us.
Jesus was not a High Priest or General or Dictator or anything else but a Servant. This is what he called himself. A servant.
It doesn’t matter how you serve or how well you serve or even if you have no qualifications for serving in a certain capacity, when you are called upon to be of service, you should be ready and willing to serve. Don’t put it off. Don’t say you don’t time or your schedule will not allow it. When you are faced with the opportunity to serve and you know you are being faced with it, do that thing. Another great opportunity like this may never come to you again. Then, once it’s gone, it’s lost forever. Seize the moment. Do that thing. Right then. If God wants to interrupt your plans, are you going to refuse him? Really? I don’t think I want to refuse God. He’s loving and forgiving, but to refuse him? He also can get angry and refuse you! To serve is a great thing, but to have a servant’s heart is even greater. We serve because it’s the right thing to do, not to gain praise or to even be noticed. The best way to serve is to do it with a glad heart, in the shadows, without being seen, like the angels do. You don’t realize they are there helping, but they are. I believe God has angels around us wherever we are, wherever we go and they prep our path for us. It’s up to us to take the path, or not. God sends them. We are to be this way for others. God’s earth angels. We are to do things for others and be okay with not being acknowledged, praised or thanked. We don’t do it for people to see us do it.
The Bible commands us: “Whenever we have the opportunity, we have to do what is good for everyone, especially for the family of believers.” I partly get that, but I question it just a little. Is it wrong for me to question? Tell me what you think. My question is this: I would think we’d need to help unbelievers more than, or as much as, the believers. God already has the believers on his side. Isn’t it our job to try to get the other guys to play for the right team? Don’t we want to show unbelievers God’s love? Don’t we want to help win them over to God’s side, so they will be safely in God’s hands where they belong? The way I see it, we are all family, believers and non-believers. Yes, it is our job to share love and serve those on our team, but I believe we need to get out there, get our hands dirty and perform a little servanthood for the non-believers, so they can follow us to where they belong – in God’s warm, loving, protective hands. Just my thoughts.
My favorite paragraph in this chapter – I absolutely love this:
“John Wesley was an incredible servant of God. His motto was “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.” That is greatness. You can begin by looking for small tasks that no one else wants to do. Do these little things as if they were great things, because God is watching.”
I’m going to bring up one of my favorite shows again – Seventh Heaven. No, it’s not on tv anymore, but it’s one of the best shows ever on tv and my mom has the DVD sets to all 10 seasons. Reverend Eric Camden was giving his sermon and while doing so, he walked among the people, asking if everyone would search their hearts, find some way of serving in their community, find some way of serving in some capacity, find some way of making the world a better place. No service is too small. Whatever you can do. Wherever you can do. Search your heart and do something. Pray about it. Let God use you. Let God lead you to that thing. Your heart will show you where you are needed. Keep your eyes open. What if each of us did this? Do you want the world to be a better place? Where do you think that starts? It starts with one person. You. It starts with me. If each one of us did one thing to help someone in some way, then perhaps that person we helped would show servanthood to someone else in need and so on and so on, until every life on the planet was touched. Can you imagine for a moment what the world would be like if everyone helped each other? What can you do to help someone? A better question is what will you do to help? Think about your gifts for a while. Think about things you love to do and what you are good at and then think of a way to use that to help someone. Will you think about that today? And then start doing that thing by the weekend or Monday. The sooner you start, the better off you will be making the world – the people of our world – our brothers and sisters and moms and dads. We can bring peace. This is how God uses us. He wants to use us to be peacemakers and servants. Will you allow him to use you? It’s an amazing feeling – to be used by God to help someone who needs you. It’s not only a gift you give to someone else. It’s a gift to yourself, as well. A gift to your soul and it feels awesome! It’s like God touches your heart with his hand. Try it. See what I’m talking about.
“Jesus specialized in menial tasks that everyone else tried to avoid: washing feet, helping children, fixing breakfast, and serving lepers. Nothing was beneath him, because he came to serve. It wasn’t in spite of his greatness that he did these things, but because of it, and he expects us to follow his example.”
“Small tasks often show a big heart. Your servant’s heart is revealed in little acts that others don’t think of doing. No task is beneath you when you have a servant’s heart.”
If you need a list of ways you can help your community or someone in need, pop me a comment, leave your email address and ask for a list of ways you can help someone in need. It does not cost a thing for the list, nor to help someone. I will not post your comment if you ask me not to – I’ll delete it after responding by email with the list. No websites, please.
“Real servants are faithful to their ministry. Servants finish their tasks, fulfill their responsibilities, keep their promises, and complete their commitments. They don’t leave a job half undone, and they don’t quit when they get discouraged. They are trustworthy and dependable.” We are not being faithful when we “make commitments casually, then break them for the slightest reason without any hesitation, remorse, or regret.” These are tests from God. He is always testing your faithfulness. Can people count on you? Honestly? Do you keep your promises?
Don’t help someone in order to get “eyeservice.” “Jesus hated this attitude and warned, “When you do good deeds, don’t try to show off. If you do, you won’t get a reward from your Father in heaven.” We serve and “live for an audience of One.”
“The most significant service is often the service that is unseen.” Just remember, nothing goes unseen by God. He sees everything you do, how you feel and what you think. Nothing gets by him.
Another great chapter by Mr. Warren. What did you think about it?
So, if you want to share any ideas of how people can serve, send a comment, let me know if you want me to post it so everyone can see. I know I cannot possibly think up all the ways we can serve. The list is endless! You can help by just sending your thoughts on ways others can serve. Someone out there might use your suggestion. And how will you serve? What will be your contribution? Anyone can make a contribution, no matter the size or how important or unimportant you feel it may be. There is no service too small. I encourage you. I’m going to figure out a way to serve. That is something we are all qualified to do. Help.
Make someone smile today. Make God smile today. Do something to benefit someone else. Put someone else before yourself today. Afterwards, think about how good your heart feels. God will smile at you. Love you guys! *big bear hug*