Aspire to be a Servant

“The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” -Matthew 23:11-12

When America was just half a century old, a Frenchman named Alexis de Toqueville traveled to our country to discover what made America different from Europe. He began his journey in Washington, D.C. because he reasoned, if you have a great society you must have a great government that gets a lot done. But when Alexis arrived in Washington all he found was a swamp and a congress that was closed for more than half the year! He was forced to look elsewhere for the dynamism of the American spirit. He spent nine months traveling and observing at the local level what really made America run. When all was said and done, he wrote, “I have found the meaning of America. It is…the Rotary Club.” What he had found was the spirit of volunteerism and servanthood that ran through the vain of American culture. He was shocked to find that Americans could accomplish more than the Europeans without government initiative. This really was a new concept in the world; a government by the people, for the people and of the people. When people wanted to get something done, they freely joined together, gave of their time, talents and treasures, and made it happen! I don’t have to tell you that today the spirit of service is dwindling in our nation.

However, the principle remains true, if you want something done you have to serve! The church has the greatest example of servanthood the world has ever known in the life of Jesus Christ. He came to give His life for us by serving our greatest needs for redemption. Think about the King of the Universe, waited on hand and foot by the host of Heavenly angels, came not to be serve, but give His life as a ransom for many! That is why Jesus is the greatest and He alone is exulted and worshiped. He also calls us to follow Him. In the Church and in God’s Kingdom, the greatest among us are those who serve and volunteer. If we want our church to have a great choir, we need to join it and serve. If we want a great Sunday School ministry, we need to join it and serve. God wants our church to be different from this present me-first generation. Follow in the footsteps of the Savior and give of yourself in a spirit of volunteerism and servanthood.

God Bless,

Pastor Joel