Serve in Order to Lead
What if you were able to move about daily without the shackles of fear, rejection, hurt, pain, or your past? What if you were free from it all? What would that feel like?
Nothing will humble you more than being of service to people who are working and walking towards their freedom. They do not know what it fully means to be free from the chains that have kept them enslaved for years and neither do we at times.
To know that God has given you the responsibility, honor, and privilege to have a hand in saving someone's life is a very powerful experience. When you sit and ponder that to the core, it will change your life. We forget that this is what we are purposed for; this is why we are here.
God does not give us leadership, power, or control to take advantage of people or manipulate them; and He does not give us gifts, talents, and abilities to mislead people either. He gave us this temple to share the spirit of His promises and blessings. Being a true leader means knowing how to serve.
Learning how to serve is a great lesson of humility. I'm thankful for the opportunity to empower others; it helps me to understand to some degree, how blessed I am. If you are reading this right now, you are blessed! You are breathing and alive and God led you to read this to encourage you.
He is calling us daily to serve and be a blessing to others. All of the pain and hurt that you have been through, survived, and are healing from can be a blessing to someone else. Even the things we are not completely cleansed from can still be a great lesson for others. It may not seem that way right now but trust me when I say that God is working and He is going to use your life and all that you have been through to help another. But the only way He can genuinely utilize your life for the benefit of others, is if you draw close to Him. You have to be in a relationship with Him.
The burdens we bear in life are too heavy to carry alone. We cannot do it by ourselves. I heard Jackie Hill Perry speak one time about fighting battles in our lives and how anyone going to war that wants to win does not go alone. You need back up. What greater back up than God?
Christ dying on the cross was so that He could bear the weight of what we are not equipped to carry in our own human frailty. We need support. Shackles do not uphold us to stand firm and strong in battle, they only keep us in bondage.
If you want to help take the chains off of another person's life, you have to know how to break them off your own. You cannot show someone the way to freedom if you have never traveled the road yourself.
I am not saying that once we accept Christ's invitation for salvation that we will not have any battles, wounds, hurts, pains or suffering. That simply is not true. What I am saying is that God's grace is available to those who abide in the Lord. Again, we all need support and that is why we have the body [people] of Christ.
Paul shares in the bible how he could boast but he chooses not to because he did not want anyone to form a higher opinion of him; beyond what was truly and genuinely evident in his life.
"If I wanted to boast, I would be no fool in doing so, because I would be telling the truth. But I won’t do it, because I don’t want anyone to give me credit beyond what they can see in my life or hear in my message, even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:6-10 NLT).
When you have an opportunity to serve someone, you do not want to brag about it because you realize, in working with them, how much you are really needed; and you want to learn how much more you can be of assistance.
Doing what is necessary and essential to get the proper self-care for yourself is key in being able to help others. We must be equipped and ready to do God's work. Not only is God waiting for you, but the people He has ready for you to serve are too.
Written by Francine E. Ott
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