Shelves: christian-non-fiction Boy, did I learn from this book. Swindolls shows in Improving your Serve what servant leadership is all about and that its much more than willingness to do the nasty jobs no one else wants to. Being a true servant is about giving, forgiving, forgetting. Its about a state of mind, a way of thinking, a change of the heart to truly become like Jesus. And Swindoll makes this point by using Scripture to tell us what God has in mind for us, how He wants us to serve.
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We who give and give become increasingly more vulnerable as time passes. We will be used. We will feel unappreciated. But realizing ahead of time this will happen, we are better equipped to handle it when it comes.
Lean hard on the Master when you serve others. Most deeds will be initially unrewarded. More often than not, you will be overlooked, passed up, behind the scenes, and virtually unknown. Your reward will not come from without, but from within. Not from people, but from the satisfaction God gives you on the inside. All motives must be honestly searched. Before jumping, think to ask why. Before accepting any tangible gift of gratitude, probe into your reason for doing so.
Check your motive. Why am I planning this? Why am I excited over this opportunity? What causes me to bring up that subject? I find it extremely significant that when Jesus Matt. Those are servant terms.
We are never more like Christ than when we fit into his description of himself. And how do those things reveal themselves? In our obedience. Servanthood and obedience go together. And after all those beautiful things, you will get ripped off occasionally. If we serve others long enough, we will suffer wrong treatment for doing right things. Servants will suffer persecution. Rejection — struck down, shoved aside, or cast off. Even though we may faithfully and consistently do our job, help, serve, and give to others, we can expect on occasion to be thrown aside and rejected.
Truths to claim Here is the 1st truth to claim when enduring the consequences of suffering: Nothing touches me that has not passed through the hands of my heavenly Father. The 2nd truth to claim is this: Everything I endure is designed to prepare me for serving others more effectively. We humans are impressed with size and volume and noise and numbers. When he rewards servants, it will be based on quality - which means everybody has an equal opportunity to receive a reward.
Hebrews - 12 - For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. And we want each of you to show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope to the very end, so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. God remembers our work - each individual act. He takes note of the love within us that prompted the deed. We forget, but God remembers.
We see the action; God sees the motive. Even the best of servants get weary. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. It begins with thoughtful things - an understanding embrace of one who is hurting, a brief note to one who is lonely and feeling unappreciated and forgotten, a cup of cool water for one whose lips are parched from the hot blast of a barren desert when all seems futile and worthless.
God takes special notice of all these efforts. God takes special note of the heart - he knows the love behind our actions. Special and specific rewards are reserved in heaven for those who practice the art of unselfish living. The one who could have been or done anything, consciously and voluntarily, chose to be one who served, one who gave. So then, if we are to become increasingly more like Christ then we, too, are to give and to serve.
May God honor his name as you and I commit ourselves anew to improving our serve, to cultivating the art of unselfish living, serving, and giving to others. Like Jesus Christ.
Improving Your Serve
Improving Your Serve - eBook
Improving Your Serve - eBook