“Service starts in your mind.” God looks more at our attitude and why we are doing something, rather than what we are doing. Doing something good for someone is not very good if you are doing it for the wrong reason. If you are doing good for someone, because you think it will make you look good, you are doing it for you, not them and not God. If you are helping them to feel good about yourself, you are doing it for you, not them and not God. We serve others, because we are selfless. Self-LESS, meaning we are not thinking of ourselves when we help someone. We are thinking of someone else more and ourselves, less. Putting someone before ourselves and answering to the needs of others, more than ourselves, is true selflessness and it pleases God greatly, and only if we are doing it with a glad heart – a compassionate heart.
Mr. Warren says, “Real servants serve God with a mindset of five attitudes: (1) Servants think more about others than about themselves; (2) Servants think like stewards, not owners; (3) Servants think about their work, not what others are doing; (4) Servants base their identity in Christ; (5) Servants think of ministry as an opportunity, not an obligation.”
Once we stop thinking about ourselves and what we want and/or need, we begin to focus more on the needs of others. In order to be a servant, you cannot be full of yourself.
This is a tough one for me: “We can measure our servant’s heart by how we respond when others treat us like servants. How do you react when you’re taken for granted, bossed around, or treated as an inferior? The Bible says, “If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life.” I don’t take well to being treated unfairly, or rudely, nor talked down to. I am a very stubborn person. I spent most of my life being treated rudely and unfairly. I spent the later years, building myself up to not take any further disrespect, because everyone deserves respect. Even children. How can we expect to be respected if we do not respect (sounds like a tongue twister to me). We teach our children respect by offering them respect. Do you think children should be seen and not heard? You are wrong. Children have much to offer us. My child has taught me more about life and living than I believe I could ever teach her. She is wise in many ways and she has opened my eyes to change, to belief, faith, truth, respect, forgiveness, understanding. Children have much wisdom in their small bodies. You would be smart to listen to what they have to say. They have much silliness, too, as we adults do. We don’t always make sense, but we all have much to offer, no matter our age or position in life.
“God uses money to test your faithfulness as a servant. That is why Jesus talked more about money than he did about either heaven or hell. He said, “If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?” How you manage your money affects how much God can bless your life.”
As servants, we have our own jobs to do. We do not have the time to compare ourselves to others, nor criticize, nor compete with them. We all play for the same team and our job is to make God look good, not us. We are given our own SHAPE, and we should use it for the glory of God. And you can expect to be criticized, because many people who call themselves servants, are not truly serving God, while some are not serving at all. Just remember how much Jesus was criticized. Jesus served anyway, as we each should, unselfishly and with gladness.
“Because they remember they are loved and accepted by grace, servants don’t have to prove their worth. They willingly accept jobs that insecure people would consider “beneath” them. One of the most profound examples of serving from a secure self-image is Jesus’ washing the feet of his disciples.”
“Only secure people can serve. Insecure people are always worrying about how they appear to others.” Why are we all so concerned about how others see us? Is it the truth that they see? Are we being real in front of them, or are we wearing a mask? We let others see what we want them to see, being careful that they don’t see too much, or the truth even. Why? They will judge us? We don’t like to be seen as weird (although, I admit, I know I’m a little weird, a little different, and I’m actually okay with it. I mean, normal is boring, right?). We are worried people will judge us as a freak. And if they did, does that give them some sort of power over us? Why should it matter what they think? Even if we acted perfectly, with perfect hair, makeup, clothing, breeding, always saying and doing the politically correct and admirable thing, there are still going to be people who hate us, that judge us unfairly, that are jealous. So, why should we go on pretending? We should try harder to just be who we are and our true friends will emerge. It is pleasing to God to only be worried with what he thinks of us. That’s really all that matters – what he thinks and knows about us. We should try to be real and set the example. Perhaps others will follow and try harder to be real, as well. Sometimes it is a far better thing to put yourself out there and be authentic than to fear exposure. Are you secure enough to be real? To be authentic? To put yourself out there and let others see who you really are? Do you not like yourself enough? So, what are you going to do about that? You can change, ya know? You have power over yourself and the ability to change whatever you do not like. Only you can make changes in your life and if you ask God to help you, he will gladly do so. Always be sincere with him when you ask for his assistance. Don’t ask and think he’s not listening. Know that he hears you and will help. He wants to help. He’s just waiting for the invitation. 😉
Happy Saturday everyone! Make it a great day. How will you make God smile today? I’m going to try to be me – the real me, and I’m going to try to put everyone else before myself today. This will be difficult, as I can be quite selfish, but I’m going to put forth a strong effort, reminding myself throughout the day of what my main tasks are – being real and putting others first. What are the tasks you set for yourself today?
Love y’all! *hug*