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Fr. Bob McConaghy, Spiritual Director of The Feast Bay Area puts it succintly that we are servants not volunteers in doing God’s work.

A volunteer can leave anytime but a servant has a giving heart.

They focus on others, not themselves. This is true humility: not thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less.

When we stop focusing on our needs, we become aware of the needs around us.

Real Servants

With my fellow servants in The Feast Bay Area together with Fr. Bob.

God is always more interested in why we do something than in what we do. Attitudes count more than achievements.

Jesus “emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant.” When was the last time you emptied yourself for someone elses benefit? You cant be a servant if you’re full of yourself. Its only when we forget ourselves that we do the things that deserve to be remembered.

We serve to get others to like us, to be admired, or to achieve our own goals. That is manipulation, not ministry.

Pastor Rick Warren shared these thoughts about being a real servant for God.

Real servants don’t try to use God for their purposes. They let God use them for His purposes.

We can measure our servants heart by how we respond when others treat us like servants. How do you react when youre taken for granted, bossed around, or treated as an inferior?

Real Servants Think Like Stewards, Not Owners

They remember God owns it all.

Servanthood and stewardship go together since God expects us to be trustworthy in both. The Bible says, The one thing required of such servants is that they be faithful to their master. How are you handling the resources God has entrusted to you?

To become a real servant, you’re going to have to settle the issue of money in your life.

Money has the greatest potential to replace God in your life. More people are sidetracked from serving by materialism than anything else. They say, “After I achieve my financial goals, Im going to serve God.” That is a foolish decision they will regret for eternity. When Jesus is your Master, money serves you, but if money is your master, you become its slave. Wealth is certainly not a sin, but failing to use it for Gods glory is. Real servants are more concerned about ministry than money.

The Bible is very clear: God uses money to test your faithfulness as a servant. Thats why Jesus talked more about money than he did about either heaven or hell. He said, If you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? How you manage your money affects how much God can bless your life.

Real Servants Think About Their Own Responsibilities, Not What Other Servants are Doing

They dont compare, criticize, or compete with other servants or ministries. Theyre too busy doing the work God has given them.

Competition between Gods servants is illogical for many reasons: were all on the same team, our goal is to make God look good, not ourselves, weve been given different assignments, and were all uniquely shaped. Paul said, We will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

Theres no place for petty jealousy between servants. When youre busy serving, you dont have time to be critical. Any time spent criticizing others is time that could have been spent ministering. When Martha complained to Jesus that Mary was not helping with the work, she lost her servants heart. Real servants dont complain of unfairness, dont have pity-parties, and dont resent those not serving. They just trust God and keep serving.

If you serve like Jesus, you can expect to be criticized. The world, and even much of the church, does not understand what God values. The disciples criticized one of the most beautiful acts of love shown to Jesus. Mary took the most valuable thing she owned, expensive perfume, and poured it over Jesus. Her lavish service was called “a waste” by the disciples, but Jesus called it “significant,” and thats all that mattered. You service for Christ is never wasted, regardless of what others say.

Real Servants Base Their Identity in Christ

They remember they are unconditionally loved and accepted by grace, so they dont have to prove their worth when they are threatened by lowly jobs. Most of us are too insecure to be servants. Were afraid our weaknesses and insecurities will be uncovered so we hide them with layers of protective pride and pretensions.

One of the most profound examples of serving from a secure self-image is Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Washing feet was the equivalent of being a shoeshine boy, a job devoid of status. But Jesus knew who he was, so it didnt threaten or bother him to do it.

If youre going to be a servant you must settle your identity in Christ. Only secure people can serve, when you base your worth and identity on your relationship to Christ, you are freed from the expectation of others. You are freed to serve.

Real Servants Think of Ministry as an Opportunity, Not an Obligation

They enjoy helping people, meeting needs, and doing ministry. They “serve the Lord with gladness.” Why do we serve with gladness? Because we love the Lord, were grateful for his grace, we know serving is the highest use of life, and God has promised a reward. Jesus promised, The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me. And Paul added, He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians.

Imagine what could happen if just 10% of all Christians in the world got serious about their role of being a real servant. Imagine all the good that could be done. Are you willing to be one of those people? Albert Schweitzer said, “The only really happy people are those have learned how to serve.”

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The day was ordinary. We found ourselves once again in the aisles of Shopwise checking off a list full of items for the holiday season. I knew cold weather was coming and wanted to grab some Energen for my mother and a hot choco made of tablea so we’d be ready for the Dawn Mass or Simbang Gabi.

As we stood there trying to decide if we wanted some gelatin for Noche Buena, an elderly lady fumbled beside us. She reached out for a box, but several more fell off the shelf as she did. My nieces rushed to help her pick them up. She thanked us and we all went about our shopping.

When we got in line, the same lady happened to pull up behind us. One of my niece offered to unload her basket onto the conveyor belt for her. She happily agreed.

As the girls worked, I talked with her about the holiday frenzy during Christmas and how it made everyone like shopzilla.

Before we finished, the lola leaned a little closer to me and whispered, “Thank you for showing me a glimpse of God’s love today. I didn’t think kind or caring adults existed in today’s society, much less children.”

As we walked away that day I felt thrilled that she saw loving kindness in us, but also sad that a woman of her age had come to believe that caring people no longer existed. But I knew she was right.

Just a shopping experience at any retail shop is enough to discourage you with people stealing parking places, cutting you off in line, and employees not really interested in helping.

But I’m not willing to give up. God has commanded us to serve others. He’s given us this beautiful and wonderful task of loving every one we come into contact with.

The Bible says that Jesus himself didn’t come to be great, but to be a servant.

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God loves a cheerful servant! The Awesome Kids Ministry team during the first general assembly for 2018.

Last Sunday, the Awesome Kids Ministry had their first servants general assembly for the year. I was asked to host the event together with Bro. Fred and Bro. Rommel.

The presence of the servants inspired me to look beyond service. They are God’s loving presence to the kids every Sunday.

There are many things that God asks us to do in response to our love for Him. One of them is serving others. We are not required to do these things in order to be saved.

Rather, it is our natural desire to want to obey God as a result of what He has done for us.

True service really is about doing good to other people as often as you have an opportunity.

It’s about sharing whatever it is that God has given you in that moment. That might be money, time, advice, food, clothes, or even a hug. I think we make serving others into this grand thing when it’s really this simple.

Doing service for others cannot only help those being served, but also aid God in his work. Those who serve also gain immeasurable benefits including drawing closer to God as well as to those we serve.

Be an answer to someone’s prayer by learning to serve God by helping others.