strength to serve, not to stunt

25 03 2008

// becoming… a servant \\

“those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. strength is for service, not status. each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “how can i help?” – romans 15:1-2 (the message)

of course paul was writing this to the christians in rome, and the focus was a matter of how people position themselves as it pertains to their faith. but the principle is much broader and covers a lot of ground, even today.

i never cease to be amazed at those who are looking for ways to use their influence, ability or position to get something for themselves or to build their “little kingdom”. that is not a kingdom principle.

we live in a “look out for #1” and “don’t stop, get it, get it” culture that tells us we should “get ours” at any cost. everybody is trying to be “stuntin’ like they daddy”, but I would ask… “for what!?!?” this hedonistic and self-centered world view is diametrically contrast with how the word tells us we are to live. we are not empowered for the sake of being empowered or being powerful. we are empowered to turn around and empower someone else. we are not given abilities, influence and position (strength) to be able to stand and say “look how strong and influential i am.” rather, those things are given as tools to serve those around you. i pray regularly that i continue to keep a hold on this concept and stay in a place of service, no matter where the Lord takes me in life.

are we asking ourselves how we can use what we have been entrusted with to turn around and serve those around us? so yeah… you have it. but what are you doing with it?