The Servant Statement (from 03-11 message)

Several have asked for a copy of the "servant statement" I made at the end of last Sunday's message, so here it is (slightly modified as I have given it even more thought).

"Above all else I am a servant.

I don't need to be first, right, liked, respected or comfortable.

Regardless of my power, position or prestige, there is no task which makes life better for others that is beneath me.

I am here first and foremost to offer a taste of God’s goodness and grace to everyone (but especially the lost, the lonely and the least) by putting their needs and desires ahead of my own."

Here's another take on the subject from Robert K. Greenleaf's 1970 essay "The Servant as Leader." He calls this the best test of a person's level of servanthood.

"Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?

"A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the 'top of the pyramid,' servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible."

Finally, just a reminder that "we love (and serve and give and everything else) because He first loved us." We can only give what we have already received from God.

Rick McGinniss