|“When we become overly concerned about our appearance, our spiritual reputation, our coolness, and our acceptance, we are living as citizens of this world rather than as ambassadors.” Francis Chan
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28
The wise servant of the Lord keeps clear the distinction between ministering and learning. Ministering is what you do for others and learning is what others do for you. Ministering and learning can most naturally occur in the same relationship. Paul understood this when anticipating his coming to Rome. “…that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”286
Late in Jesus public ministry the mother of the Zebedee brothers asked Him if her two sons could sit next to Him on His throne. The disciples began arguing among themselves as to who was the most worthy. Jesus instructed them that the world thinks in terms of getting people to minister to them; the follower of Christ seeks to be the one ministering. Following Jesus’ example, you find greatness in serving, not being served.
You can do two things that most people cannot resist, love and serve them. People want to be loved, and if you serve them without being obnoxious and overbearing, they will appreciate that. Loving and serving is the ministry and you do not need special gifts to do it.
You do not look to others to minister to you. You look for opportunities to minister to them. But you do look to others to teach you. The learner draws on the wisdom and expertise of others while at the same time seeking to serve them. Like serving, you can learn in an obnoxious and overbearing way, but you need not. The humble spirit of a learner is very attractive.
286 Romans 1:12
Psalm 72-73 Romans 9:1-15 (New King James Version)
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