Sunday, December 3, 2006

A Servant's Heart

God has been dealing with me recently about truly having a servant's heart. Now, saying that, one might look at my life and all the things that I do and wonder where the problem was! I'm always up for a special project or helping someone out. I love helping people. But what God has been showing me is that a servant's heart starts at home. I can do big, showy acts of service and kindness, but when it really matters, am I acting the way God wants me to?

It's easy to do "special" tasks and gain approval from the masses; it's not so easy to do the ordinary mundane things like loading and unloading the dishwasher for your mother. (Why is that??) Vaccuuming the living room or making dinner aren't the glorious tasks we jump for.

In Mark 10, Jesus talks about how lots of the people in power lord their authority over their subjects. He goes on to say that for us, His disciples, it can't be that way. If we want to have authority, we have to become servants.

Mark 10:45 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."

I want to be transformed to resemble Jesus in word and deed. For that to happen, I have to follow His example.

Mark 9:35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."

My family is my first mission field. If I can't be the very last and the servant of all to them, I don't have a foundation of compassion that is deep enough to be of lasting effect out in the world! Any change that is made inside of me must first be seen, tested, and tried by my parents and siblings! If it is a true heart change, no matter who is around me, the change will be obvious.



Sarah Barlow said...

Oh!!! Man! I thought I had posted something on here! I guess my computer is tripping out!

Well anyways...SOOOOO right on!!
God has been dealing with me in the exact same area for the past couple months! Thank God for his help! :)

Samantha F. said...

Thanks Sarah! It's funny, God will often be saying the same thing to several people at the same times. Kinda cool, actually!