What are the basic ingredients of Servanthood?
In his book, Improving Your Serve, Charles Swindoll gives us three basic steps to remember…1) Giving, 2) Forgiving and 3) Forgetting
As I was preparing my lesson on Service for my church youths about two months back, I was scratching my head for illustrations to help me present these basic ingredients of servanthood. Suddenly, it dawned on me all I needed was to look at my very own children!
In 2 Cor 8:1 – 5, the servant is taught to be someone who would give anonymously, generously, voluntarily and personally. The servant as a forgetter means that when we do service, we should not be keeping score. The servant should take delight in forgetting the deed and go about doing the service virtually unnoticed.
In my house, Collin would sometimes happily take up the broom and dustpan and start to sweep the floor without being told. It may seem cute and all, but the lesson of servanthood was written all over it!
In his simple act of sweeping the floor, Collin has demonstrated how he has given generously, in ways beyond his means and age. Heck, the broom even looks larger than him! He was also given voluntarily as he picked up the broom and started sweeping without being told. His service is also something personal since it was brought out of him personally. Last but not least, I’m pretty sure Collin isn’t keeping score of the deed of sweeping the floor (or his other noble deeds to wiping the sofa, throwing laundry into the basket, etc.) – demonstrating the servant as a forgetter excellently.
I guess when Jesus said we should all have faith like children, He may have also meant we should all serve like them too.
How has your service been today?