January 3, 2010
Most Christians are aware of the scripture which teaches that the greatest in the Kingdom is the servant of all. Most believers would claim that as a value. However, in keeping with modern culture, that servanthood is often a modification of humanistic philanthropy. That is, "Out of my abundance I will make a name for myself by giving to the poor and needy."
This common approach can be evidenced in church members by a desire to be recognized for what they do.
Biblical servants, on the other hand, are told, "when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say,"We are unprofitable servants:" we have done that which was our duty to do."
This value affects how people are motivated. On the one hand, servanthood can be motivated by humanistic desires. On the other hand, servanthood can result from joyous submission to the King of Kings.
In coming to an understanding of this type of servanthood, new members of Lexington Christian Fellowship often feel unappreciated or unnoticed. Being accustomed to recognition for what they could, these people miss affirmation for their good works.
Conversely, they have never been in a community where love and affirmation was an absolute fact based in core values. In other words, people are not loved for who they are and what they do. People are loved because we have been loved and filled with God's love.
Understanding this frees member to serve joyously.