It’s been 3 years since the last episode of S”unday Morning Coffee with Jesus”. But I will like to announce the series to some and reintroduce it to those who used to follow it in time past. We basically follow the teachings of Jesus through the four canonical Gospels. God bless you as you read.
The Servant Leader – The Master’s View
I joined the church where I have become an assistant pastor in 2011. I was at my wits end at the period and all I wanted to do was just serve God – nothing more. I knew God could change my story but I didn’t see how so I wasn’t necessarily coming with the intention to receive but just to give myself to the one who had given up everything for me.
I remember walking into my pastor’s office then, one Saturday evening and asking him to allow me serve in the department where I have been leading for the past 4 years now and he made an exception for me although one is supposed to have past through the church’s academy to at least 300 level before you could serve. He only gave me the instruction to register and begin the 100 level immediately.
I was at my duty post one Sunday afternoon when my pastor walked up to me, haven encouraged me, he said something I have kept ever since. “You are always at your duty point. You have chosen the part to greatness”.
I always end my work in church those days asking Jesus ‘daddy have I pleased you today?” I always feel His smile and His warm embrace assuring me He was pleased… Beautiful memories!
I have enjoyed many leadership benefits, gotten more responsibilities but it all began from my decision to serve unconditionally.
Jesus said to his disciples; “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors exercise authority over them. It shall not be this way among you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave.” – Matthew 20:25 – 26
Many Christians these days have accorded themselves titles God did not give them (by the laying on of hands of the elders) but are quick to run to social media to talk about their level of knowledge of God and also pass out ‘words of wisdom’ on what they feel it’s the right thing to do. However, as much as leadership is not inborn, it takes a process and a leader according to Jesus, is not the one who lords his wisdom or power but the one who have served and through service has become worthy of the responsibility.
Many have jumped the process of leadership to announce themselves when God is still taking them through school. The truth is, with God, such leader will struggle to keep his head above water in his calling. You could have been called genuinely by God but don’t be too eager ahead of God because of your ego, what you will eat or the likes. No one said it’s a easy process like the social media makes it look where anyone can assume a position with a few popular posts, comments and likes – and since it’s your handle and your timeline. You will be severely tested but if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is too small for the leadership post you failed at in the first place (Prov 24:10my paraphrase). When the time comes for your announcement, you will not have had anything to do with it, it will be inspired and executed by the Spirit of God. “When God promises you a throne, don’t go after it, instead, prepare for it.” – Oluwatobiloba Popoola
Take the time to quiet your spirit before God and inquire about your present location where his assignment for you is concerned. Determine to wait on Him and serve no matter where you are with Him today. Unlike the world, you never become a ‘boss’ or an ‘expert’ where service to God is concerned. Take the cue from Jesus who washed the feet of his disciples although they called Him Master.
About Alex Amos
Alex Amos is the Team Head at Lexyville Entertainment, publishers of SelahAfrik. He is a Creative Writer and Producer of TV show “Hanging Out with Selah TV”. He is also a publicist for celebrated Christian personalities. Alex is an Assistant Pastor, serving in Heaven on Earth Ministries.
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