Living Life God's Way 9/24/2007
- +Living Life God's Way+
A servant-hearted attitude keeps us from a self-minded attitude.
Servant - Hearted
Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never
give up. We reject all shameful deeds
and underhanded methods. We don't try to trick anyone or distort the
word of God. We tell the truth before
God, and all who are honest know this, If the Good News we preach is
hidden behind a veil, it is hidden
only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world,
has blinded the minds of
those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of
the Good News. They don't
understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact
likeness of God. You see,
we don't go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus
Christ is Lord, and we
ourselves are your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Let
there be light in the
darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the
glory of God
that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining
in our hearts,
but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great
treasure. This makes
it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4: 1-7
In his fine little volume In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen
mentions three very real, albeit subtle temptations any servant of
Christ Faces. They correspond with the three temptations our Lord faced
before He began His earthly ministry. They also fit with three
observations the apostle Paul makes in his letter to the Corinthians (2
First Temptation: To be self-sufficient and self-reliant, Instead
of being so self-assured, we need to be open, unguarded, and vulnerable.
Second Temptation: To be spectacular...a celebrity mentality, In
Nouwen's words, "Jesus refused to be a stunt man...He did not come to
walk on hot coals, swallow fire, or put His hand in a lion's mouth to
demonstrate He had something worthwhile to say."
Third Temptation: To be powerful...in charge. To lead is
appropriate, necessary and good. But to push, to manipulate, to be in
full control...never! To say it simply, one God is sufficient.
Servanthood implies diligence, faithfulness, loyalty, and humility.
Servants don't compete...or grandstand..or polish their image...or grab
the spotlight. They know their job, they admit their limitations, they
do what they do quietly and consistently.
Servants cannot control anyone or everything, and they shouldn't
Servants cannot change or "fix" people.
Servants cannot meet most folks expectations.
Servants cannot concern themselves with those who get credit.
Servants cannot minister in the flesh or all alone.
Let me suggest five practical guidelines for cultivating the right kind
of servant habits.
Whatever we do, let's do more with others. Ministry is not a solo,
it's a chorus.
Whenever we do it, let's place the emphasis on quality, not
quantity. Excellence, not expansion, is our
Whenever we go to do it, let's do it the same as if we were doing
it among those who know us the best.
Not only will this keep us accountable, it'll guard us from
Whoever may respond, let's keep a level head. If someone
criticizes, don't allow it to get you down. If
someone idolizes, don't tolerate or fantasize such foolishness.
However long we minister, let's model the Master...a servant
-hearted and a grace-oriented style.
Let's serve...in the name of Jesus.
from Day to Day with Charles Swindoll
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