To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions
From A Servant's Heart
Posted on Mar 14, 2017 by Andelyn Wright
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:35-40
In the midst of serving it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged by the amount of need all around us. We quickly forget that God did not call us to be fixers; He has simply called us to serve. With a background in child welfare, I have heard and seen the unthinkable. I vacated my positon as a case-manager in Missouri after my husband received orders to New Mexico in 2012. I vividly remember telling God that I was NEVER going to serve in that capacity again. However, as I near the end of my Master’s Degree program, I find that He is calling me in that direction once more, in one capacity or another. The feelings of sadness, hurt, disappointment, and the sense of not being enough are still fresh in my mind. How could I ever really make a difference? The truth is I can’t, but He can.
In order to be fruitful, I must remember that Jesus has called me to serve Him. God’s requirement that we serve Him is not for His benefit, but rather for our own; for true contentment is found only in living for Him. During this Lenten season I encourage you to use your God given gifts, talents, and resources to serve others. Perhaps you may want to prayerfully consider serving others right here at Heritage through one of our many ministries. Regardless of the lies the enemy tells us, we are never too busy or too broken to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
I pray that you will be blessed so you may be a blessing to others.
“In the Kingdom of God, service is not a stepping-stone to nobility: it is nobility, the only kind of nobility that is recognized.” ~ T.W. Manson