Serving (out of the spotlight)…

Posted: September 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

Not too long ago, several of us had a conversation of how our worship is on the weekends.  For the most part it is focused on what message our lead pastor is preaching on for the weekend. 

Sometimes, however, it looks more like a concert than a worship service.  At least, that was the thought of the group I spoke with. 

These folks that I spoke with are well grounded in the bible and their Christianity and our some of the leaders of our church, so I don’t think they were off track when they discussed this with me and others. 

I am praying that the focus does not stray from God, and that people do not see us a “concert” on the weekends.  I am going to try to do my best as a worship arts participant to try to make the experience 100% God focused so the congregation can get the true meaning of the worship for the weekend. 

With that in mind, here is a devtotional that showed up in my inbox that I would like to share with you:

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Servants Maintain a Low Profile
by Rick Warren

And all of you must put on the apron of humility, to serve one another; for the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5 (TEV)

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Real servants maintain a low profile. Servants don’t promote or call attention to themselves. Instead of acting to impress and dressing for success, they “put on the apron of humility, to serve one another” (1 Peter 5:5 TEV).

If recognized for their service, they humbly accept it but don’t allow notoriety to distract them from their work. Paul exposed a kind of service that appears to be spiritual but is really just a put-on, a show, an act to get attention. He called it “eyeservice,” serving in order to impress people with how spiritual we are (Ephesians 6:6 KJV; Colossians 3:22 KJV).

This was a sin of the Pharisees. They turned helping others, giving, and even prayer into a performance for others. Jesus hated this attitude and warned, “When you do good deeds, don’t try to show off. If you do, you won’t get a reward from your Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:1 CEV).

Self-promotion and servanthood don’t mix. Real servants don’t serve for the approval or applause of others. They live for an audience of One. As Paul said, “If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10 NIV).

You won’t find many real servants in the limelight; in fact, they avoid it whenever possible. They are content with quietly serving in the shadows.

Joseph is a great example. He didn’t draw attention to himself, but quietly served Potiphar, then his jailer, then Pharaoh’s baker and wine taster, and God blessed that attitude. When Pharaoh promoted him to prominence, Joseph still maintained a servant’s heart, even with his brothers, who had betrayed him.

Unfortunately, many leaders today start off as servants but end up as celebrities. They become addicted to attention, unaware that always being in the spotlight blinds you.

You may be serving in obscurity in some small place, feeling unknown and unappreciated. Listen: God put you where you are for a purpose! He has every hair on your head numbered, and he knows your address.

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