Guest Post: 18 August 2015
I don’t know about you but one of the things I’ve felt whilst thinking through all that we have discussed regarding servant leadership is ‘flip, this is a big ask!’ I can see how God is calling us to it and I can see how beneficial it would be for us as a team and for the church. But it just seems too hard. To constantly be thinking about other people’s needs and be putting them before my own, to constantly be having to repent and turn from my pride and selfishness? How am I ever gonna do that!
But Paul (that’s the Apostle not Elms) doesn’t seem to think that offering yourself as a living sacrifice is a very big ask at all (Romans 12:1).In fact in the original greek he says that it is your ‘rational’ or ‘reasonable’ act of worship. But how can this be? How can offering all of your life, dreams, plans, desires, time, money and heart to someone possibly be rational? Well the answer is in the phrase before Paul tells us to do this.
‘In view of God’s mercy…’ In view of anything else it would make no sense to do this. But in view of what God has done for us by choosing us before the creation of the world, by calling us into existence and giving us our every breath despite our constant rejection of him, by sending Jesus into the world to be the perfect human we could never be and then dying to exchange that perfection with our just condemnation, by raising Jesus from the dead to destroy our greatest enemy, death, once and for all, by sending his Spirit into our hearts so that we are adopted as sons of God and can call him ‘Abba’, by guaranteeing us an eternal future in a redeemed world where we will be in perfect relationship with him and with each other, in view of all of that it makes absolutely reasonable, rational, sane, sensible, logical sense to give our all to him.
Now this is not to say that you shouldn’t think that servant leadership is hard (or even impossible). No it is to say that when you think like that, look to the cross. The more you gaze into the loving eyes of Jesus, the less these things will appear far-fetched and the more they will appear as the rational reaction to God’s mercy displayed in his blood.
‘Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all!’