Servant, bond-slave–one with no rights of our own, one whose purpose in life is to serve another—that is our core identity as church communicators. Just reading those words, how our human nature wants to fight it. We want to be recognized for our brilliance and creativity and sometimes we grouse in private that we “aren’t appreciated.”
We probably aren’t—not being appreciated is what being a servant means. We can’t change that reality, but when we stop fighting it, when we submit and serve, we find peace and satisfaction in our work.
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them . . . .Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”
(Matthew 20:28 NLT)
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