‘You are to lead by a different model. If you want to be the greatest, then live as one called to serve others. ‘
Mark 10:43 TPT
Our path to success is very different to that of this world. In Jesus’ topsy-turvy teaching throughout scripture, we see that real meaning is found in serving not status.
You want to serve God? Serve others.
If you missed Sundays message on the “Culture of Servanthood” CLICK HERE.
Do you know it is possible to serve in church for a lifetime without actually being a servant? We can go through the motions and do things for our church and for others but STILL make it all about us. Crazy right?
So let’s take a quick look at what a real servant looks like.
Now i’ll be honest up front and let you know that I borrowed these 6 qualities straight out of Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life”. I’m going through it currently as I’ve never actually read it before and I just happened to be reading a chapter on Serving as I was preparing last Sundays message. (Coincidence? I think not!) His points were too good not to share so I’ll try and interpret in my own words.
Let’s dive in!
1. Real servants make themselves available to serve.
Real servants are ready to jump in whenever they are needed. They don’t serve only when it fits in their schedule but they prioritise it above other things. To serve when its not convenient is a true sacrifice one of the marks of a true servant.
Would you allow God to mess up your calendar? Or is it set in stone? Can He call on you anytime? Or only from 10am - 11:30am on a Sunday?
If we realise that interruptions are often opportunities we wont find ourselves so frustrated. We can actually be happy and thankful for the opportunity to serve!
2. Real servants pay attention to needs.
Servants eyes are open. They aren’t just available to be called on, but they actually look for ways to opportunities to serve.
So often I have missed an opportunity because I wasn’t ready. I replay it in my mind and wish I had acted differently. What if I wasn’t so busy or in a rush?
I don’t know about you but when I go to the shopping centre I have my head down and I walk fast. Im on a mission. Get what I need and get home.
But what If I went in with a different mindset? What if I went in LOOKING for an opportunity to serve? How many people might I be a blessing to?
What if we all showed up on a Sunday looking for a way to bless somebody? You might not be rostered on to serve on a team one Sunday, but that doesn’t have to stop you being a servant!
3. Real servants make the best with what they have.
Servants don’t make excuses or procrastinate. Conditions don’t have to be perfect. They may not even be the most gifted but they just get in and do what needs to be done.
At Restore Church we don’t need everything to be perfect. We just want to see people giving it their best effort. Perfection is not the goal.
In fact whenever I’ve tried something new, it’s not a great result. But that’s how I learn. If I never give it a go I can’t improve.
If we think “Someone else could do this better”, we are likely to never step in. Less than perfect service is better than good intentions.
4. Real servants do every task with equal dedication
This point kind of speaks to those “yucky’ tasks we mentioned on Sunday. The things that nobody wants to do. A real servant realises that nobody is above lowly tasks.
Jesus is such a great example of this. He washed feet, cooked meals, worked with his hands, and served lepers. The king of the world served alongside everyday people. (Definitely in touch with the common man )
So often we want to do great exciting things and skip the little mundane things. But sometimes the little things lead to great opportunities. If we can learn to be satisfied, trustworthy, and thankful for small responsibilities then God can trust us with great responsibilities.
5. Real servants are faithful to their ministry.
Real servants aren’t quitters. They see a task through. When they say they will do something you can trust it will get done. They don’t bail last minute or leave a job half-done.
Can people count on you? Are you trustworthy and reliable?
Faithfulness seems to be rare quality these days. But learning to keep your commitments and being true to your word is incredibly important. This will make you an invaluable volunteer, employee, friend and human being in general.
6. Real servants maintain a low profile.
Real servants don’t make it all about them. They don’t have to be in the spotlight. They don’t have to get out their phone and snap a selfie while serving others. #blessedtobeablessing
Humility is key. Our goal as followers of Jesus is to point people to Him. Not ourselves.
I know for me its hard to serve and not get any credit. I want people to know what I did. I want people to see my hard work and sacrifice.
But I want to be content even if no one ever knows what I’ve done. I want to be content that God sees me and He is proud of me. I don’t want to be working to gain man’s approval. I want to hear God say “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Just imagine that! Imagine God saying those words to you. I guarantee you it will all be worth it when you know you have the approval of your Heavenly Father.
Well that’s all 6! Thanks for reading this far! Gold star for you
Remember that when you serve others you are serving God. Nothing you do for God is wasted. It carries eternal weight.
Bless you church!