Today I opened my eyes and had life because of you. Thank You Father. Today I will lead in service of others and not follow with an expectation of being served. Thank You for this opportunity. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
A lot of people have the role of servant confused. A lot of people confuse servant leadership as a sign of weakness.
To lead by first serving others, proves your commitment to seeing everyone succeed. If I help you then you are more inclined to pay it forward and help others.
If instead I am self-absorbed then I ignorantly believe that you are here to be of service to me, and I treat you accordingly, then neither of us benefit—and you will most likely pay forward the same mistreatment or indifference that I shared with you.
Jesus washing the feet of his disciples laid the foundation for them to do the same for others. Jesus associated with and healed the undesirables of the land, people that religious folk deemed unworthy of association and empathy. By Jesus serving the least of God’s children, he serves as a model for the rest of us to do the same.
I always say, “people walk around here with signs saying ‘Jesus is coming’ but how do you know if he’s not already here? What if he’s the homeless guy you refused to give money or food to?”
We’re more inclined to protect the so-called righteous in our churches who have committed heinous acts, and crimes against innocent people. Yet we won’t protect and lift up God’s homeless children who admit they are flawed, made mistakes, trusted the wrong people, lost their physical possessions, and have strained or no relationships with family.
Can you see our hypocrisy?
Clean clothes and a home doesn’t make a man. What’s inside of that person is what makes them who they are. How they think and behave.
Imagine how much positive change could come if rather than lining the pockets of bishops and pastors, so they can have jets and mansions–if instead that money was invested in empowering homeless people, and giving them a hand up not a hand out. Those billions of dollars could restore dignity, pride, honor, peace, love, and joy in the hearts and minds of millions of God’s children.
We have to ask ourselves each day, “what would Jesus do?”
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