The Discipline of Service: Part 2 of 2

I finally got around to writing the second part of this topic. Between preparing for two sermons, work being busy and trying to keep up with yard work, I have had little time for anything else (not to mention playoff hockey).

When we choose to be a servant, we give up the right to be in charge. There is great freedom in this. If we voluntarily choose to be taken advantage of, then we cannot be manipulated.

(From Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline)

Servanthood requires a great amount of humility. Not many of us are willing to become a servant to the point of allowing people to take advantage of us. Now, let me be clear about what I mean. I am not talking about involuntary and cruel slavery, rather, the type of servanthood in which a person chooses to engage in and allow people to make full use of the servant’s gifts and abilities. True servanthood means serving is constant and never ending, always willing and happy to be of service to another person, even when the other person is not grateful.

Humility is a virtue that is never gained by seeking it. The more we pursue it, the more we move away from true humility. I can’t decide one day that I will be humble, however, I must decide to do good to others and put their needs before my own. Soon, without realizing it, humility will be built within my character and will be evident by the way I treat other people.

While studying and fasting can be done and moved on from, service is something that is ongoing and should be built within someone’s lifestyle.

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