One of my favorite songs ever is Make Me A Servant. It was a staple in my solo repertoire when I was very young. I haven’t sung it in in a very long time.
At a recent memorial service the eulogist was speaking about a person who was a natural servant; a willing servant; a skilled and effective servant. He was also well loved and highly respected.
The eulogist asked the question to the congregation – what would you do if someone of the opposite sex approached you and said they wanted to serve you or take care of you. I was sitting in a section of mostly women and they all were talking back to him from the pews – “He’d be lying”; “What does he want!”; “I know what he wants!”; “Did you take your meds?”. People in our section were snickering, but me — well, it made me sad to hear their feedback. I’m married to that guy, you know — a natural servant; a willing servant; a skilled and effective servant; a man who is greatly loved and highly respected and who came at me that way .. wanting to serve and take care of me. But that’s not the point …..
As I sat there I thought about just how remarkable it would be if every believer would live their lives in such a way that people felt that when they approached them they were saying – “Hello, how I may serve you?” What if Christ followers everywhere understood that they were called and commissioned by the King of Kings to be servants.
There are so many books out now telling us how to “be” a Christian – I’m not talking about what to believe, but how to live the life. A great sum of ‘how to‘ is right here! “You are God’s dear children, so try to be like him. Live a life of love. Love others just as Christ loved us. (Ephesians 5: 1-2a) In my own words – God says ‘I sent you The Way – so do it like He did it!’.
Do life just the way it was modeled … in love service and love to others!
Pour your life out for the service of others. Your time, talent, treasure – realize who they really belong to and then steward them well – give yourself away and count it gain!
Father – teach my heart to love — to love the way that You have intended.