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What Can I Do for YOU?

By Dr. Skip Myers
EdgefieldDaily.com Columnist
web posted March 10, 2008
COLUMNIST – In every church in which I have served, it has been my honor to watch them give their all to the Lord. They serve tirelessly and with an attitude that is an example to us all. Their job may not be glamorous and often taken for granted but it is essential in the life of the church. I can’t remember the names of many of the church leaders I have known over the years but I do remember the name of every custodian in every church I have served.

These guys have taught me a great deal over the years. They quietly do their jobs making sure the Lord’s House is in order. And most have done it with an attitude that is far better than the one I exhibit most of the time. They have made a lasting impression on me because of the way they serve. Our custodian has been out recently and the staff has had tried to fill the gap. Let me tell you, God’s people are messy! You leave bulletins and candy wrappers in the pews along with an assortment of offering envelope drawings and notes that tell us way too much about what you are thinking about during worship.  And let’s not mention what you track in on the carpet!

I applaud everyone who has to clean up after us on Monday. Take a moment and show your church’s custodian some appreciation. I bet it never dawns on you what they do for you without ever saying a word. That is such a refreshing attitude given the nature of the “me” society in which we live.  It seems as though everyone has become so opportunistically self-centered that we never miss a chance to be served. Let me share with you a humorous encounter.

I very seldom look like a preacher. Ties and coats give me the hives so I try and avoid them. The other day I had to attend a funeral so naturally I looked like a preacher in my neatly pressed shirt and my coordinating tie. With our most valuable staff member, our custodian, out for awhile I took it upon myself to empty the trash. I was able to get the large trash bag tied and pulled out of the can without too much difficulty. With somewhat of a sense of accomplishment, I headed out the backdoor towards the dumpster to deposit my handiwork.

There I was in my shirt, tie, suit pants, and dress shoes holding a tied bag of trash looking for an opening in the school traffic to cross over to the dumpster. I suddenly became aware that someone was speaking to me. I turned to see a person waving a bag of trash out of their car window. I couldn’t make out what they were saying until they got right beside me. They were asking me to take their bag of trash and throw it away!

I have to admit that if I was sitting in a carline the last thing I would think of would be to clean the trash out of my car and hand it to a complete stranger standing on the side of the road. It is amazing the opportunistic nature of this world. We are all looking to be served more than we are to serve. And even service has taken on the expectation of appreciation. It seems that little is done for the pure joy of serving others and the satisfaction of being there when someone needs us. And yes, I did laugh and take the bag of trash to the dumpster for this person.

Jesus dealt with this as He walked with the disciples and dealt with the religious leaders of His day. They too had the idea being served was better than serving. The idea was that being served indicated something about who were when in reality Jesus said that the more you become, the more you have a responsibility to share with and serve others. Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. but the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.  Matthew 23:10-12

Give service a try. Don’t expect anything in return. It’s not all about YOU! It’s not all about what others can do for you. It’s all about what He can be in your life so that you can freely share this with others. And one of the best ways to share the Lord is to serve. Look beyond the mirror. See the possibility of what you can give to someone else because of what Christ has given you. A good first step is to serve the Lord in worship this Sunday. I’ll see you there.

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