"But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant." Matthew 23:11
I had the privilege of growing up in church, and I was taken there ever since I was a baby. My Sundays were spent in church, and I never wondered what we were going to do on Sundays. Kids observe more than what they are verbally taught, and the phrase, "Do what I say, not what I do" does not work on the children you are raising. I was always watching what my parents were doing and how they were doing it. I learned more in my home than I did in any classroom, and I often took that for granted.
I remember my mom waking up early on Saturday mornings to get breakfast ready for the prayer meeting group. Prayer meeting was at 7:00am on Saturday mornings, which was brutal for a kid who loved to sleep in. My dad would participate in the prayer meeting while my mom would get breakfast ready. The breakfast menu consisted of French toast, bacon, and all the fixings. I remember the meticulous steps my mom took to make the breakfast from scratch, and if I played my cards right, I would get a little preview taste before the prayer meeting was over. My mom would then stay late cleaning the kitchen, washing the dishes, and getting things ready for the following day. I saw my mom do countless things in various ministries as she served in many capacities in our home church. I saw her servant's heart and I watched the impact she had on others, and that had an impact on me.
I remember my dad getting up early on Sunday mornings to drive the church bus and he would take me with him. I loved to ride the bus, and we had a great time picking up the kids and singing songs. I thought this was fun for my dad too, and maybe it was, but I now understand the sacrifice it was for him as he worked long hours throughout the week. I never heard him complain about getting up early or complain about getting home after lunch. I watched him serve as head deacon, and I remember him welding the bars on the chairs that the kids broke. He did many things that went unnoticed by most, but God saw it all. I was in the background watching, and he served as a great example to a young kid.
I cannot list all the things my parents did and the things they still do. They have been serving in ministry for many years now, and I imagine with the help of God, they will do so until He takes them home. My sister is active as well in ministry because she learned what I learned.
It did my heart good to see my daughter and son working at camp and to see God use them to serve others. I saw my son serving as a counselor, leading young men who gathered around him and loudly chanted his name as they left for the week. I saw his heart burdened for those who left camp without accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. I saw my daughter serving in the kitchen with her heart full of joy. I observed her reaching out to a girl who was hurting and needing to talk with someone. I saw her pull the young lady to the side and speak truth to her from God's Word. My heart is full as I have seen them serve God, and I could not be more thankful to God for their servant's heart.
Do you desire to be served, or do you desire to serve others? What legacy are you leaving behind? Do you realize that others are always watching? More importantly, do you realize God is always watching? We have the greatest example of how we should serve as recorded in Matthew 20:28, "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto (served), but to minister (serve), and to give his life a ransom for many." May we serve others by telling them of the One who gave His life for many, and may we serve others as He did. To be great, you must serve and there is no exceptions to this rule. May we serve others as He served, and may we desire to be great for the glory of God.
Stay in the fight!