Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | September 29, 2008

Servant Ministry

Philippians 2:1-4

In today’s context, the term “servant” has somewhat negative connotions. “And who was your last servant?”, “Stop treating me like a servant!” Often, there’s a strong association with slave. For a lot of people, the term servant ministry is hard to conceive of.

Sadly, a lot of people serving in positions of ministry are not servants to their flocks. Instead, they see themselves as being in a position of influence with their congregants being their servants. For such ministers, pastor’s needs come first, the peoples’ last. It’s no wonder anti-clericalism runs rampant these days!

Pastors, priests, and all Christians who truly understand their calling heed Paul’s advice. I think the blessed apostle’s words are especially meaningful in our day and age. After, there isn’t a lot of degree of difference between the false teachers of Paul’s day and ours. The biggest difference is the way they spread their false doctrines.

So, the short definition of servant ministry: commitment in the spirit of unity, with a regard for others, and a willingness to put others’ needs ahead. That was how the ministry of Jesus was defined, and how we should define our own.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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