ON BEING A SERVANT

I am an employee or a volunteer of the CSC, but more importantly it must be understood that I am a servant of Jesus.  When someone from the outside is before me individually, I am Jesus’ servant.  That’s what those who belong to Jesus are.  That’s what we must yield ourselves to in every aspect of our lives. I must speak kind words to everyone I am speaking to.

When it comes to serving, the only thing I am in charge of is my own servant hood. The CSC is the Lord’s.  He allows me to do certain things here while I work with others.  Nothing here is mine but my books.  The food we give out is not mine or ours.  The clothing we have is not mine or ours.  The pots and pans, the stoves, the furniture, the trinkets nor any other of that stuff is not mine or ours.  When it comes to working in the CSC it is all about serving a person I have right there in front of me.  I had better be in charge of myself.  I am responsible to 1) Jesus—to be his servant.  I am responsible to 2) the person in front of me.  I must concentrate on treating this person as Jesus would treat them.

My job is simple:  Let your light so shine. . .You are lights to the world. . . and, so this is further simplified by Peter’s words:  To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.  For centuries folks have made Peter the first Pope.  Peter would hurry to tell those same folks and us today:  I am his first servant.

Nowhere did Jesus say there would be a great blessing come our way if we were in charge.  In fact, he said just the opposite.  We can clarify our perspective on servant hood by studying John 13.  Jesus illustrated this by taking a towel, and wrapping it around his waist. In addition to this he took a basin, filled it with water and washed his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He further established the fact that no servant is greater than his master. Okay, what are we to conclude from John 13?  With the words in v. 14 I, your Lord and Teacher, we don’t have to struggle with who is in charge.  Jesus is the Master.  Further, you don’t have to struggle with the meaning we are to get out of this:  Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them (v. 17).

Wow!  There is only one command in this passage:  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you (v. 15).  Was it a command to wash feet?  I think not.  The entire point of the passage is on being a servant.  So, what are we to do?  We are to be a servant.

Back to the situation of someone being before us;  as I heard somewhere:  Jesus does not ask that we care for the less fortunate; he demands it.  Matthew 22:37-40; 25:34-39; Jas. 1:26-27; etc.  Now, where do I fit in?  Can I humbly face the needy and serve them the way Jesus demands?  Can I stop making judgment on them?  Can I love them as I love my other neighbors?

Let each of us build a new perspective based on how we started two years ago.  Let’s once again clarify our objective: Every single person is an important person to God the Father.  Jesus is Lord—so, he is in charge.  I am just his servant.  What he wills for me to do, I will do.  I will serve others, these very important persons to God, as he demands.  That’s what being a servant is and that’s what I will be.

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