Luke 22:27, “I am among you as the one who serves”
For any believer to be effective in the lord’s service, they must be willing to take the role of a servant with the right kind of attitude. The disciples of Jesus had a hard time learning this, and if we were to be honest, so do we. Even the godliest person sometimes rebel when called upon to do something they feel is beneath their dignity.
Samuel L. Brengle was a brilliant orator and highly successful pastor, who was so burdened by the plight of the inner city poor that he resigned his church and joined the Salvation Army in London. However, soon after being inducted, he was given the task of cleaning a pile of muddy boots. This was too much! Inwardly he rebelled at the task he had been assigned. But then he thought about how Jesus Christ washed the feet of His disciples. There He asked the Lord for a servant attitude, cleaned the boots, and went on to have a fruitful ministry among the disadvantaged.
I knew a young pastor of a small rural community who refused to help set up tables for a church fellowship dinner, saying, “I didn’t go to seminary to do this kind of work.” However, he soon learned that his pride destroyed his effectiveness. Since then, he has learned to be a servant with a humble attitude. The right attitude of a servant will do wonders for us! For starters, it will free us from the hurt feelings, animosities, jealousies, and resentment that cripple us spiritually and cause much misery.
My brethren, in our pursuit for the marks of mature spirituality and leadership ability, we must not bypass that quality which so completely characterized the life of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is the quality of unselfish servant hood. Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Thus, Christ is our perfect example!
A believer’s attitude in ministry begins with service. If you think about this for a minute, no role of ministry in the church; whether it is a position or a job to be done, can be effective unless there is first a right attitude and secondly a willingness to serve. In the first four verses of Philippians 2, are some essential attitudes of a servant, such as:
(1) They express encouragement.
(2) They have genuine empathy.
(3) They maintain unity.
(4) They aren’t politically motivated.
(5) They aren’t conceited.
(6) They are humble.
(7) They work well with one another.
Now it’s your turn. What are some other attitudes that you feel are essential in a servant of the Lord?
If we ask Jesus Christ to help us to have a servant’s attitude, “It will change your life forever!”