Fellow Southern Baptist and blogger Trevin Wax tweeted something today that really stuck.
The world estimates your importance by how many people are serving YOU. God estimates your importance by how many people YOU are serving.
First, the world does measure one’s importance by their popularity in one vein or another. Tiger Woods is a recent example of this. (I pray Tiger Woods would turn to Christ.) If Woods was just some local golf club pro no one would really care. That is, except his family and those closest to him which actually speaks on the second part of the quote.
Even the rich and famous have loved ones in their lives they are responsible for serving in some manner. Self can still get in the way. So while the world is paying the price of admission the loved ones are paying what money can’t.
The world really does not care.
The second half of the quote really hit home. Do not concentrate on the statement of the quantity of people being served. Forget that potential quibble. As Christians we are hear to serve. We serve God by serving others as His servants.
Think of the convicting question – “Are you serving others?”
How many people are YOU serving? Who are YOU serving? Are YOU serving intentionally? Right on! Right, but…then I think about ME.
The YOU in the quote is actually ME! It is a wonderfully reflection of serving others that really stings sometimes. I think about how I am serving my family, my church, at work, this blog, etc. These questions always turn me to Christ in repentance seeking how I can be more like Him.
Scripture so beautifully brings it home.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. [Galatians 5:13,ESV]
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. [1 Peter 4:8-11,ESV]
How do you serve others? Please feel free to share.