Theme of the Week: Servant Leadership
Bible Verse: So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT
Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:21; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Colossians 3:23–24; Hebrews 6:10
Albert Schweitzer – “I don’t know what your destiny will be but one thing I know – the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found out how to serve”
Dwight L. Moody – “The measure of a man is not how many servants he has but how many people he serves”
Jesus ChrisT – “For I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:27)
From an early age, the world teaches us to climb the ladder to the top and if we step on others to get there, so be it. Every man for himself, right? In reference to the “every man for himself approach, Jesus said, “among you it will be different” (Matthew 20:26). He showed us how to help others as a lifestyle. If we wish to represent our Lord well, we must serve, and serve well.
Many of us go through life, subconsciously looking to help only those who can help us in return or help only when others see us. In church volunteer roles, attendees will often avoid certain commitments simply because it requires behind-the-scenes work. Remember, you’re not missing anything when you serve behind-the-scenes; on the contrary, you will meet Jesus back there. He served for a higher purpose than the eyes and attention of man, and so should we.
As you develop your serve, there may be times you are misunderstood, need to be corrected, or maybe trained by someone half your age. That’s why it takes humility to be a true servant, and there was no better example of humility and servanthood than Jesus Christ.
God sees all that you do and will reward you one day for it. No human can track all that you will do in the Lord’s service, but He sees all. God sees all the hours, the hard work, the behind-the-scenes work, and the difficult people…and He will reward you for it one day. It’s worth it all.
Prayer: Father, I ask that you help me stay strong as I learn to serve. As I take on the challenges you are showing me and begin to help others, I know it will not always be easy, but I ask you to sustain me, strengthen me, and help me keep improving my serve for your glory.
Reflection: If you serve long enough, you may be tempted to think no one sees and no one cares. But God sees all and rewards accordingly. Are there complaints you have about serving that you can turn into thanksgiving by realizing that “nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless”?
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