Shirin and I have been at Saddleback Church in for a year and a half. Saddleback just finished a 40 day campaign on "What on Earth Am I Here For?" This is based on a re-release of Rick Warren's book, "40 Days of Purpose." I read the book when it came out 10 years ago, or rather, I power-read it. This time I've been reading it devotionally. This is my #2 "must-read" book for anyone.
So, I'm a little behind the rest of crowd. I'm on Day 33. Today's chapter is "How Real Servants Act." I was deeply touched by the descriptions of Jesus' model of servant-hood. Here are the six signs of a true servant.
1. Real servants make themselves available to serve. "Being a servant means giving up the right to control your schedule and allowing God to interrupt whenever he needs to."
2. Real servants pay attention to needs. "Great opportunities to serve never last long. They pass quickly, sometimes never to return again. You may only get one chance to serve that person, so take advantage of the moment."
3. Real servants do the best with what they have. "You may have heard it said, 'If it can't be done with excellence, don't do it.' Well, Jesus never said that! The truth is, almost everything we do is done poorly when we first start doing it-that's how we learn."
4. Real servants do every task with equal dedication. "Jesus specialized in menial tasks that everyone else tried to avoid: washing feet, helping children, fixing breakfast, and serving lepers. Nothing was beneath him, because he came to serve. It wasn't in spite of his greatness that he did these things, but because of it, and he expects us to follow his example. Small tasks often show a big heart."
5. Real servants are faithful to their ministry. "Faithful servants never retire. They serve faithfully as long as they're alive. You can retire from your career, but you will never retire from serving God."
6. Real servants maintain a low profile. "If recognized for their service, they humbly accept it but don't allow notoriety to distract them from their work. Real servants don't serve for the approval or applause of others. They live for an audience of One."
Of course, you should read the whole chapter to get the full impact. Here is a short message from Rick Warren on this topic (click on the video link on the right of that page).