Servant vs. Slavery

I said something in Sunday's sermon that seems to have started some conversations. Nothing bad, but some light bulbs went on when I started to talk about this.

We are servants for Jesus and to everyone else. Jesus got on his knees and washed the disciples feet. The lowest, nastiest job one could have in those days. He told us in Mark 9 that if you want to be great, be a servant to all.

So why is it that sometimes we feel like we are being treated like a slave?

When Jesus is the center of our life and universe - then everything we say and do flows from Him. It's His Will that we do and His Word that we follow. But when we are the center of our life and universe, then it's our will and word we will follow.

What is the problem with that? Well it is quite simple really. Jesus is all knowing, all powerful and everywhere all the time. We are not. When we serve ourselves, we are trying to get the same results that Jesus gives us without His help our power. Without His wisdom and knowledge of our life and future, we are simply guessing what will be good for us and give us joy all the days of our life. Jesus knows what we need - we don't have a clue.

Clueless leadership is slavery - Christ like leadership is servanthood.