28 July 2015
‘Try pushing the boundaries of gratitude, you’ll find there are none.’ – Mia Fieldes
Having time away I have continually found myself with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Grateful for the good relationships that challenge, support, encourage and last over country lines and many many years, grateful for what we get to do, grateful for this season on life, and of course grateful for rest. And one of the things I’ve seen in this time is the connection between gratitude and servant leadership. If I’m honest, a grateful heart is not my default – it takes continual, intentional effort.
But as servant leaders we must always move from a place of gratitude. It has to be the posture of our lives, but also the response of a people who recognize all we have is a gift of grace from God (Eph 2:8-9).
Grateful hearts are the healthy soil for servant leadership. Because servant leadership requires more than the right actions – it requires the right actions that are motivated by a worshippers heart. If you’re like me and do not naturally default to gratitude, spend some time meditating on the truth of these verses:
‘…He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoptions as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved.’ – Eph 1:4-6
‘He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.’ – Col 1:13-14
‘…He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh. How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.’ – Heb 9:12-15
You may be perfectly justified in pain, hurt, response and bitterness to what people have done to you. But as servant leaders we serve not out of what man has done to us, but what Christ has done for us. We serve from a posture and position of gratitude.
Fight for gratitude in your service. Fight to serve from a thankful heart as someone who ‘gets to serve.’