“Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.” Mark 10:43 (Msg)
The world defines greatness in terms of power, possessions, prestige, and position. Therefore, in our self-serving culture with its me-first mentality, acting like a servant is not a popular concept.
However, Jesus measured greatness by how many people you served, not how many people served you.
This is so contrary to the world’s idea of greatness that we have a hard time understanding it, much less practicing it.
The disciples argued about who deserved the most prominent position, and here we are 2,000 years later, Christian leaders still jockey for positions and prominence in churches, denominations, and parachurch ministries.
Thousands of books have been written on leadership, but few on servant hood. Everyone wants to lead; no on wants to be a servant. We would rather be generals than privates.
Even Christians want to be “servant-leaders,” not just plain servants. But to be like Jesus is to be a servant.
God often tests our hearts by asking us to serve in ways we’re not shaped. If you see a man fall into a ditch, God expects you to help him out, not say, “I don’t have the gift of mercy or service.” While you may not be gifted for a particular task, you may be called to do it if no one gifted at it is around. Your primary ministry should be in the area of your shape, but your secondary service is where every you’re needed at the moment.
Your shape reveals your ministry, but your servant’s heart will reveal your maturity.
Book: The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren