Over the years, a few folks have told me they were reluctant to look too deeply into serving Jesus Christ because of the risks that are involved.
Some were afraid God would expect them to become missionaries or preachers and do something really risky! If they said yes to God, they reasoned, they’d have to undertake some dirty, demanding tasks, and that kind of extreme servanthood would be more than they had bargained for.
Is that your attitude as a pastor? Is that what the biblical portrait of servanthood means?
- Some of us may very well be called to follow Him to the ends of the earth.
- Many have done that. He may ask others of us to serve in some bold and difficult act of personal sacrifice here at home or abroad.
But it’s not always that way. In fact, I would say it is rarely that way.
Most of the time, the Lord makes somewhat smaller demands on us . . . but they still require unselfishness.
The greater reality is that every act of service, however big or small it may be, demonstrates our love for Christ and our obedience to Him. That’s the meaning of faithful servanthood. Jesus said, “Whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42).
To cherish a little child, to care for an aging mother, to speak a gentle word to a hurting neighbor or a struggling friend . . . to carry an armload of groceries for that stranger down the street: these, too, are demonstrations of Christ’s love.
How valuable is genuine, selfless servanthood!