Qualities of Servant Leaders and Members
How Real Servants Act
- Real servants make themselves available to serve. As a servant you don’t get to pick and choose when or where you will serve. Being a servant means giving up the right to control your schedule and allowing God to interrupt it whenever He needs to.
- Real servants pay attention to needs. Begin by looking for tasks that no one else wants to do. Do these little things as if they were great things because God is watching. As the Bible says, “Whenever we have the opportunity, we have to do what is good for everyone , especially for the family of believers.” John Wesley motto: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can.” The Bible says, “Never tell your neighbor to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.”
- Real servants do their best with what they have. God expects us to do what we can , with what we have, wherever we are. Less than perfect service is better than the best intention. Serving God is not for superstars only.
- Real servants do every task with equal dedication. Servants “give all their best in doing their tasks, big or small.” Jesus specialized in menial tasks that everyone else tried to avoid: washing of feet, helping children , fixing breakfast, and serving lepers. He came to serve and not be served. As followers of Jesus, we are expected to follow His examples.
- Real servants are faithful to their ministry. Servants finish their tasks, fulfill their responsibilities, keep their promises, and complete their commitments. They don’t leave a job half undone, and they don’t quit when they are discouraged. They are trustworthy and dependable.
- Real servants maintain a low profile. Servants don’t promote or call attention to themselves. Real servants don’t serve for the approval or applause of others, but instead seek the approval of God.
“You can tell what they are by what they do.”(Matthew 7:16)
How Real Servants Think
Real servants serve God with a mindset of five attitudes:
- Servants think more about others than about themselves. Servants focus on others, not themselves. This is true humility. When we stop focusing on our own needs, we become aware of the needs around us. Thinking like a servant is difficult because it challenges the basic problem of my life: I am, by nature, selfish. I think most about me. That’s why humility is a daily struggle, a lesson that must be relearned over and over again. Self denial is the core of servanthood
- Servants think like stewards, not owners. Servants remember that God owns it all. In the Bible, a steward was a servant entrusted to manage an estate. Gaining wealth is certainly not a sin, but failing to use our money for God’s glory is.
- Servants think about their work, not what others are doing. They don’t compare, criticize, or compete with other servants or ministries. Paul said, “We will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us was better and another is worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.” Real servants don’t complain of unfairness, don’t have pity parties, and don’t resent those not serving. They just trust God and keep serving.
- Servants base their identity in Christ. If you’re going to be a servant, you must settle your identity in Christ. Only secure people can serve. Insecure people are always worrying about how they appear to others. “They fear exposure of their weaknesses and hide beneath layers of protective pride and pretensions.” When you base your worth and identity on your relationship to Christ, you are freed from the expectations of others, and that allows you to really serve them best.
- Servants think of ministry as an opportunity, not an obligation. They enjoy helping people, meeting needs, and doing ministry. They “serve the Lord with gladness” because they love the Lord, they’re grateful for His grace, they know serving is the highest use of life, and they know God has promised a reward. Jesus promised, “The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.” Paul said, “He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians.”
“Think of yourself the way Christ Jesus thought of himself.” (Philippians 2:5 MSG)
(excerpts from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren)
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Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. Philippians 4:8-9(MSG)
To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen