27 October 2015
Part 2 - read Part 1 here.
‘Our serving doesn’t automatically bring glory to God. We can serve with bad attitudes, with impatient hearts, out of expediency, or to impress others. But true worshipers are first of all receivers who know that their serving originates not in themselves, but in God’s good gifts. Considering how God enables us to serve transforms our service into Christ-exalting worship.’ -Bob Kauflin
Worship does not begin with our giving – but Gods.
Worship begins when God gives us a revelation of Himself, and we respond (receive).
It begins when we recognize God…
…as the giver of every good and perfect gift (Jm 1:17).
…as the Father who loves to give good gifts to His children (Matt 7:11).
…as the One who would not even spare His only Son but gave Him up for us all (Rom 8:32).
…as the One has given the very breath in our lungs that we can use to praise Him (Job 12:10).
…as the One who is not served by anything we could offer as though He was lacking in anything – much less something that we could fulfill for Him (Acts 17:25).
Servant leadership is not what we bring to the table, but it is the way we respond out of our receiving. It is not about becoming greater, it is about becoming less. It is echoing John the Baptist as our whole hearts and lives and actions declare: ‘He must increase, but I must decrease (Jn 3:30).’ And that order is so important, the more glorious Jesus becomes to us (His increase) the more humbled we will find ourselves (our decrease). The goal is not to belittle, berate and deprecate yourself as an image-bearer of God to have a lower view of self, but to have a higher view of God!
My fellow servant leaders, serve not from what you give, but from what you receive.