In Honor, Preferring One Another
Over the last several months, we have been receiving nudging by the Holy Spirit on how important it is to be servant leaders. During Jesus’s earthly ministry, he gave such a vivid example of servant leadership. It’s almost humorous to read through the Gospels and see how Jesus tries to instill into his disciples the importance of serving one another. From the account in scripture of James and John coming to Jesus and asking to have an exalted place in Jesus’s kingdom, to Jesus taking of his robe and washing ALL the disciples feet. There is such a strong thread of instruction on serving, and understanding the importance of preferring one another.
It’s not really all that easy to explain why or how many of us seem to miss this, but in the journey through life trying to exemplify Jesus Christ, this is often one main feature of his character that gets put on the shelf. Once it’s “shelved”, we simply look like those in the world who aren’t concerned about Christ or looking like him in their actions and lifestyle. The other sad result of, overlooking or “shelving” serving one another, is the fact that we short circuit the blessing process. Think of a time when someone did something for you in a serving way that was out of the ordinary. Can you remember how you felt and the specialness of that gesture? It makes such a huge impact in a person’s outlook and attitude. Keeping in mind how it can make a person’s day, why wouldn’t we be more proactive and regular in our actions to fulfill this goal?
Please don’t misunderstand us, we’re not saying this type of preferring one another never takes place in the church. It does take place, but often it seems to happen after the loss of a loved one or bringing meals to a home after a baby has been born. We believe it shouldn’t take “special” occasions to cause motivation to do something. Some very simple instruction from Jesus is found in, Mark 9:35, “Sitting down, He called the twelve and *said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”, and in Philippians 2:3-4, the apostle Paul adds to this notion of serving (Paraphrased) we should regard others and their interest as more important than yourself and your interests.
Think about the current level of tension and conflict going in our modern day society. There is such a high level of critical thinking and disrespectful behavior. Most of it stems from the mindset of putting personal ideals and opinions first and bashing anyone that doesn’t think the same way. It’s created such a mess! We’d like to make a suggestion. Why not do as scripture admonishes and put others first. Make a point this next week to pick a family member, friend, co-worker, or even a complete stranger, and do something that will make their day. A kind word or gesture, a note, or perhaps an act of serving. Try to be a blessing to someone that could obviously use a little blessing in their life. Be intentional to show your heart to serve and put others interests ahead of your own. May the Lord truly bless you as you seek to bless others!