Tag: servanthood

Opening doors

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Kids who know and follow Jesus understand that they are ministers called to serve. There is no better antidote to entitlement than serving. We must teach our children to seek out relationships and then seek to give to those people rather than to receive from them. For my son, it was simple and started early when I taught him how to open a door for other people in public. Since most stores have two sets of double doors, teaching him was easy. I would get the first door, invite him through, and ask him to open the next door. We then waited for the Princess and Queen (Corynn and Mom) to pass through. I would high-five Carson on my way through. He gets it, but he really got it when he held open the door for a rapper in Orlando, Florida. While staying at an Orlando resort over spring break one year, my lessons on chivalry continued. As we walked out of the hotel to the pool, we met a posse of what looked like very important rappers. I am not stereotyping—okay, maybe just a little. Seriously though, if you meet a rapper like P. Diddy and he steps out of a black Suburban with eight armed guards, you spot him right away. No immersion in rap culture necessary. The hat with a perfectly straight bill tilted sideways, mega chains, a modest amount of tattoos, and all white clothes—he was a dead giveaway. “Carson, quick, get the door,” I said. I caught Carson off guard because he had swimming on the brain. He held open the door, and the rapper was the first one through. He stopped, turned around, and looked at Carson for a second. Apparently, Carson had caught him off guard too. We had a special moment, because what happened next was unforgettable. The guy reached into his pocket, pulled out a wad of cash, peeled off a twenty-dollar bill, handed it to my son, and said, “Here, kid, go buy yourself a T-shirt or something.” Carson’s eyes were as big as saucers as he thought to himself, These tall people carry lots of cash . The good thing about Orlando is that in this tourist town, twenty dollars buys about six T-shirts at any gas station. Reminding Carson to open doors is no longer necessary; now he just does it because the potential of cash lurks around every corner.

Ted Cunningham

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In the mind of Jesus

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In the mind of Jesus acts of service were not inconsistent with greatness but rather an integral part of it.
Jesus’ concept of greatness-and obviously is the correct one-is so contrary to the wolldis sense of values that even we Christians Cave difficulty grasping it. Even the disciples vied among themselves for rank and position rather than for the privilege of serving one another.
By serving, I simply mean doing Helpful deeds for one another.
Paula shipwrecked on the island of Malta, gathered a pile of brushwood to put on the fire bails for his fellow passengers -these acts was incredibly simple and mundane in and of itself. But this is what servanthood within the fellowship of believers is all about: being alert to the little things that need to be done and then doing them.

Jerry Bridges

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Jesus knew that it was

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Jesus knew that it was the night of his betrayal and that the very next morning he would suffer on a cross for the sins of the world. He wouid from out viewpoint, have had every reason to be preoccupied with his imminent sufferings. Yet Jesus took time to tend to a duty -washing the feet of guests – that was usually left to the lowest servant in a household. He did this with full awareness of his own divine dignity.

It was not in spite of his greatness but because His greatness that Jesus served his disciples on that evening. His own attitude toward servanthood, that true greatness in the Kingdom of God consists not in position or authority but in serving one another. If we are to master the scriptures principles of true biblical fellowship we must master this one: True greatness in the Kingdom of Heaven consists in serving one another. Jesus said ‘Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servants’ Matthew 20:26

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When Wycliffe Bible translator Doug

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When Wycliffe Bible translator Doug Meland and his wife moved into a village of Brazil’s Fulnio Indians, the Indians referred to him simply as “the white man.” That reference was not complimentary since other “white men” had exploited them, burned their homes, and robbed them of their lands.

But after the Melands learned the Fulnio language and began to help the people with medicine and in other ways, they began calling Doug “the respectable white man.” When the Melands began adapting to some of the customs of the people that did not compromise their faith, the Fulnio gave them greater acceptance and spoke of Doug as “the white Indian.”

Then one day, as Doug was washing the dirty, blood-caked foot of an injured Fulnio boy, he overheard one of the Indians watching what was happening say, “Whoever heard of a white man washing an Indian’s foot before? Certainly this man is from God” From that day one, whenever
Doug would go into an Indian home, it would be announced, “Here come the man God sent us.”

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Mark Twain and a Mormon

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Mark Twain and a Mormon were arguing about polygamy (having more than one wife). The Mormon said, “Give me just one verse in the Bible that forbids polygamy!” Twain quickly answered, “That’s easy. ‘No man can serve two masters.”

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