There are many people who walk around that believe what they do has no value or importance. I myself felt this way and maybe you have too. Because I no longer held the title, I was no longer *fill in the blank*. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, the bible and the world have completely different views on being a great leader and that does not always include a title.
“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 10:26-28 NKJV
Jesus did not come to the earth and sit on a throne. Jesus washed feet and ate his last meal with the one who would betray him. He served. When he was on his way to perform a miracle, if someone needed him he met them there. You can see this in the examples he left for us in the Gospel’s. Like the time he was on his way to heal Jarius’ daughter or the time Jesus stopped to acknowledge the woman’s faith that made her well (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43). When he was passing through Jericho, Jesus chose Zacchaeus to stay with even though the crowds looked down upon him since he was a tax collector (Luke 19:1-10). These are just a few examples found in the Gospel’s where Jesus displays his servant-hood and it barely scratches the surface of looking at the servant Jesus is.
Are we really what it means to be a Christian, a little Christ? Are we just calling ourselves ministers but not understanding what it actually means? Having ministered really means to serve. In the Greek “to be ministered” is the word diakonéō which means, caring for the needs of others as the Lord guides in an active, practical way.
Jesus did not let the busyness of his schedule effect those who needed his help. He continually throughout his life (his ministry) met people’s needs. Jesus did this even when it may have felt inconvenient to us if we were put in that circumstance. He continually displayed true ministry through allowing people to get to know him, healing, prayer, encouragement, or even a rebuke. He even displayed service by cooking the disciples breakfast (John 21:9-13).
We are called to be the light and the salt of the earth every single day. As “little Christ’s” we must imitate him through having the heart of a servant. Servanthood simply put is meeting people’s needs in God’s timing and ways. Are we willing to be interrupted to serve? Are we willing to do the things no one else is willing to do? Are we as the church going to serve with the motive of serving and not man’s applause? These are all questions we must ask ourselves. Then, we must put love into action.
God desires us to display his love through practical ways. Ministry does not have to be on a stage. Most often, it is behind the scenes for only God to see. We can see a glimpse of heaven on earth each and every single day if we take those little steps of obedience he has called us to take. Never underestimate the power of what the world calls “ordinary ministry”.
More Scripture To Meditate On:
- For God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you demonstrated for his name by serving the saints—and by continuing to serve them. Now we desire each of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the full assurance of your hope until the end, so that you won’t become lazy but will be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance. -Hebrews 6:10-12 CSB
- And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. -Galatians 6:9-10 ESV
- Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. -Matthew 6:1-4 NLT