Friday, February 15, 2008

Purpose Driven Life - Day 34 - Thinking Like a Servant

Hope you don't mind but I'm going to send out the blog entries for Saturday and Sunday now. Catrina and I booked up some time ago to go away together this weekend (following our own advice from The Marriage Course) and we're still going to go, even if Catrina is going to have the husband with no energy for company :-(

Lee is going to be preaching Sunday morning and Andrew White Sunday evening so I'm sure you'll have a great time without us. Also don't forget the Kenya offering this weekend.



Service starts in your mind!

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” Philippians 2:5-7 (NIV)

Real servants serve God with a mindset of five attitudes:
- Servants think more about others than about themselves.
- Servants think like stewards, not owners.
- Servants think about their work, not what others are doing.
- Servants base their identity in Christ.
- And servants think of ministry as an opportunity, not an obligation.

Henri Nouwen said, “In order to be of service to others, we have to die to them; that is, we have to give up measuring our meaning and value with the yardstick of others … thus we become free to be compassionate.”

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.

Imagine what could happen if just 10 percent of all Christians in the world got serious about their role as real servants. Imagine all the good that could be done. Are you willing to be one of those people?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For me, todays readings really capture the walk that I have embarked on with God since the Unique Conference, and that He has carried me so carefully through this year, in spite of my stubborness!!

Placing our value in what we do is such a fleeting thing, building our worth on shifting sands gives no foundataion for growth.

"we have to give up measuring our meaning and value with the yardstick of others "

"base your worth and identity on your relationship to Christ"

These two quotes sum up what I am now accepting and will keep working towards each day, one day at a time, learning to be who I am and not what I do.

Hope you have a great weekend Simon and Catrina.