For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. - Luke 22:27The 12 Apostles were servants to widows giving them bread daily for a season, until they realized they needed to fully devote themselves to studying the Scriptures and giving themselves to prayer. They delegated the function of physically serving the widows but expanded their service to the congregation to give them spiritual food. Though a shepherd in the body of Christ is called to watch over the Flock, be in the Word and prayer, and teach the body, he must do all in the spirit of servanthood to help others. To serve others is the example our Lord Jesus gave us when He who was the teacher and rabbi took the form of a servant and washed the feet of His disciples. We need to be humble or the Lord will not use us in His greater work. God does not use those who are full of themselves but rather who are unqualified and emptied of their own desires and opinions.True shepherds want to encourage everyone onwards in the heavenly calling in Christ Jesus. True leaders work themselves out of a position. When shepherds demand, speak harshly, yell or accuse the Lord’s people in anyway there is a great likelihood that individual is not a true shepherd from the Lord. Servant leaders are genuine and real about their walk with the Lord, including their faults and weaknesses. Paul exemplifies this when he says: “I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.” (1 Corinthians 2:3). There has never been a faultless, perfect leader in the body of Christ but rather weak, broken vessels that God has raised up for His glory, to build a testimony for His Name. Moses was being prepared by the Lord as a vessel for His purposes in the earth. When God was finished with Moses, he was inadequate and a nobody in the eyes of the world. When His man was ready, reduced to nothing weak and useless in his own flesh, God said, “he’s ready!” Leaders in the body of Christ must be humble and broken from the Lord’s hand to be truly useful in His kingdom.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
This is good! I think servanthood is missing in my generation. A lot of young ministers want to be the next celebrity preacher with a book deal instead of pouring out themselves for the glory of God.
I'm not an expert on Christian Denominations but the Vineyard Movement really does model this. I prefer AoG but the Vineyard has this concept down pat.I've been to various churches and normally at a Vineyard church, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Sr. Pastor helping picking up chairs, taking out trash, painting, etc. It's always nice to see this.May all our leaders in our flavors show the servanthood of their call.