Serving requires no special talents, and yet it is one of the best ways to show we love one another. However, serving does have a prerequisite, the right attitude. Attitude effects everything we do in our walk with Christ. Some of the most unbearable situations can become much more palatable when you look for joy instead of dwelling on what’s going wrong. What I’ve come to find is, you are what you seek. If you seek joy, then you’ll find it. If your mind is consumed with negative thoughts, you will produce negative actions. As followers of Jesus Christ, how can we have the right attitude when it comes to serving? By developing a servant’s attitude. I believe there are 4 ways to develop a servant’s attitude:
1)It begins with humility
A servant’s attitude is centered around humility. Humility has been described as, “Having a deep sense of one’s littleness.” That’s why I love Paul’s instructions in Romans 12:3 that reminds us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. My mind is constantly brought back to Jesus humbling himself to wash the feet of his disciples. Can you imagine what that must’ve been like? How awkward was that for the disciples? After all that time of seeing Jesus’ example, they still did not understand who he was. It’s only when we kneel low to the ground, are we forced to look up for all of our answers. That’s what serving does to our hearts. It brings us back into our original position, which is fully surrendered before our King.
2)Actually Wanting to Serve
Nearly on the heels of humility is actually wanting to serve. Who knew, right? I’ll be honest, there are times when I don’t feel like serving. I would rather be spending more time with my family, watching sports, or watching a movie. It’s in those moments however, I’ve learned to serve past my preference and come with a willing heart. A true servant of Jesus does not have to be coerced. They don’t have to be begged during Sunday morning announcements. They simply have a heart for service. They might even tell you, “Serving isn’t something we do it’s who we are.” They fully embrace the words of Jesus who said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).”
3)Seeing the opportunities
If we’re not seeing the needs of others, it’s because we’re not looking. A servant’s attitude is someone who is always looking for new opportunities to serve. In the article Loving by Servingby NavPress, it was suggested that, “The reason most of us do not see the opportunities to serve is that we are continually thinking about ourselves instead of others.” When our own needs become our priority, serving becomes an unsolved mystery.
John Maxwell once said, “Many Christians are educated way beyond their obedience.”
Obedience is the very thread of a teachable spirit. At the moment that Jesus washed Peter’s feet, Peter rashly became unteachable when he exclaimed, “No, you will never wash my feet (John 13:8).” In your educated mind, have you ever spouted off something to your mentor or coach and it turned into a very pointed teachable moment? That’s what Peter experienced with Jesus and when his spirit became teachable again, he wanted all of what Jesus had to offer. We need to do our best to remain teachable. Be open to being wrong and making corrective course actions. Listen to the people who have been there. Trust in their counsel. No servant of Christ that I have ever met wasn’t well versed in obedience. So, practice it, ask to be held accountable to it, and your spirit will always remain teachable.
Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson