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Topic: Service (12/21/03)
TITLE: SERVICE: An "out of the limelight gift"
By Anthony David
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Dr.M.Anthony David Swaroop Kumar
Most of us dream and yearn to be in the forefront as we serve the Lord. If we were given the preference, we would like to have the gift of Miracle working, Healing, Preaching, Teaching, Discernment, or at least Administration.
In St.Paul’s treatise on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, tucked in an obscure corner we find the gift of the ‘ability to help others’. (I Cor. 12:28). This can be called as the gift of ‘Service’. A gift, which never hogs the limelight. If I serve someone today, for instance, he or she may not even thank me! But then, we as Christian believers need to be the countertrend. The whole world as it were is asking us to be Bold and Assertive: Demand for your rights and Push yourselves. The standard of this world is Self-aggrandizement. Unfortunately, such unhealthy trends are being seen in the Church and Christian circles also.
But we need to remember that we are all the servants of the greatest Servant Leader of All Time, the Lord Jesus Christ! Being the Almighty God and Omnipotent, he stooped down with a basin in his hand and washed the dirty feet of some Galilean fishermen, his disciples! (John 13:2-5)
We need to have the mind and the spirit of being a servant. Jesus gently exhorts his disciples, “ You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you….”
Yes, we need to be truly humble. The word of God says: “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up” (James 4:10) It is the Lord who needs to lift us up and not we ourselves. And this will happen only when we have the humble attitude of a Servant. Remember Pride was the original sin. The great and mighty archangel Lucifer was thrown down from heaven because of his pride. Only when we learn to be humble can we avoid the disastrous sin of pride. We need to humble ourselves and serve one another, as the Lord showed us by example. The gift of service is perhaps not the most sought after gift in the Church today. The rewards are not immediate. But if many of us learn to serve one another humbly and wash each other’s feet, how different would the Christian Church today be!
May the Lord bless all of us dear readers, and make us truly humble. May we learn to serve each other and thus make the heaven truly come to earth!
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