Servanthood

From today’s devotional in My Utmost for His Highest:

“It is one thing to follow God’s way of service when you are regarded as a hero, but quite another thing if the road marked out for you by God requires becoming a doormat under other people’s feet”

and:

“Are you ready to be less than a mere drop in the bucket – to be so totally insignificant that no one remembers you even if they think of those you served?”

and:

“Are you willing to give and be poured out until you are used up and exhausted – not seeking to be ministered to, but to minister?”

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I confess that very often these statements and questions are not true of my own life. I may desire to serve, but as I think back over my motives, attitudes and actions, there are so many times when I have desired to be a hero. When I have wanted control, recognition, prestige, compliments and earthly praise. Times when I have cared more about the opinions of men than of my Savoir, King and God. Oh, so many times.

Jeremiah 17:9 speaks such a great and piercing truth that my heart and soul need reminded of on a daily basis: “the heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” More deceitful than all else. All Else! There is nothing more hurt and broken than the human heart, and there is only one way to mend it, and His name is Jesus.

Jesus is the only power great enough, the only person perfect enough, and the only heart strong enough to step in to a lost and broken humanity and save it. When I, or you, or anyone else attempt to rescue someone or something on our own, the only result is more brokenness.

So then, is it bad or wrong to lead or be known? Not always. The Lord has appointed some to lead, but in doing so did not leave us without an example to follow:

“So when He had washed their [the disciples] feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.”       –John 13:12-15

In Christ we have the perfect example of leading by serving, and yet in our own lives we so often have the mindset that we are better than Christ; that we somehow deserve the responsibility and prestige that come with leading without humbling ourselves as servants. My prayer this week is that I will serve first and foremost, and be content whether I am a drop in the bucket or not.

 

grace and peace,

emily

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