Opening Doors

Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;

    we are the clay, and you are our potter;

    we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

I went for so long, looking at a homeless person, and saying, “Get a job.” I went for so long, looking at someone begging for food, and saying, “Go to a food kitchen. Quit begging.” For so long, I didn’t have a heart for the poor and the impoverished.

Then I got totally lost in life. That’s when God gave me that heart and that understanding of what it’s like. Now I look at people who are homeless or hungry, and I say, “Man. I know that pain. I feel that pain. I never want to be there again. And I don’t want you to be there, either. So I want to help you out.”

It’s when you have that heart and that understanding that you start serving, right? That’s why you serve somebody. You can’t serve a person who is hungry, if you don’t understand why they’re hungry. Jesus had a full understanding of it, of our physical hunger, our emotional hunger, and our spiritual hunger. And He fed everyone.

We see what He did, and we want to do it too. We want to do our best to live like Him. But in order to do that, you have to let Him mold you. In the Bible He says, “I’m going to mold you and shape you. I’m going to let the Holy Spirit come and give you wisdom. I’m going to mold you and shape you into what you need to be. I need you to have the heart of a servant, because that’s the only way that you can live like me and do the things I did.”

Same as Jesus, you have to meet people in their needs. “Don’t worry!” He says. “You’re going to be able to lead. You’re going to have vision, and push people to be great, by serving them just as I served. You will see someone that wants to be great, and you will want to try to create doors for them, and then open those doors up.” That’s what it’s like to be a servant leader.

Sometimes these doors are literally doors. I’ve heard that some feminists object when men open doors for them. They think that the man is saying, “I have to do this for you, because I don’t think you can do it for yourself.” Of course women can open doors! That’s not why men open doors for women. I know full well you can open a door for yourself. Men should be opening doors for women because they want to serve them. It’s called chivalry, and it’s not dead. Chivalry is still alive. When a woman wants to take it from us, we don’t understand why.

Serving someone is not the same as saying, “You can’t do this for yourself.” That’s not it. Being a servant is saying, “I serve you in order to honor you.” I think our society is losing track of this idea of being a servant leader by loving and honoring our neighbor. We’ve lost our way in this regard. We need to figure out a way to get it back. We need to figure out a way to get people to understand that we can all serve. Male, female, child, teenager, whatever — we all can serve each other. We just need to try to create understanding hearts. The more we do, the more understanding we’ll create.

The only way to do it is to reflect Jesus, because He was the ultimate servant.

More on this next time. See you Monday.

Jesus Served

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.
Ephesians 5:25

Jesus was the perfect model of servant leadership. He was the ideal. He was It.

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul told husbands to love their wives the way that Christ loved the church. What did he mean by that? He meant that husbands should serve their wives. That’s how Christ loved the church. He gave Himself. He served. Everything He did to build the foundation of the Church was an act of service.

Think about all the miracles He did. Jesus did tons of miracles. He did so many more than we actually know about. The Bible says that Jesus did more miracles than were written, and if you think about it, it had to be that way. Anytime His shadow hit somebody, people were healed. Just think how often that happened! All day every day, surely! That is amazing to me.

Think about when He fed the multitudes. He took two fish and five loaves of bread, blessed them, and broke the loaves. Then with that, the Bible tells us, He fed 5,000 men. But there were women and children there too. So He fed way more than 5,000 people! It’s amazing! He fed all those people. And what was He doing? He was serving them. Those people were hungry, but He didn’t just talk to them. He gave them something to eat! You know what else? He could have just looked at them, and in His Father’s name, used all the power He had as God Incarnate, to waive their hunger. He could have made it as if they were never hungry in the first place. But He didn’t do that. He fed them. He satisfied their hunger by serving them. That’s the ideal. That’s the example He gave us.

Each time Jesus performed a miracle, he served people. It’s because he looked at people’s pain, and He felt it, and then He healed it. He healed the broken-hearted. He looked at someone who had a disease and took it away from them. That’s service.

Jesus didn’t heal people’s pain, disease, and broken hearts in order to receive. He didn’t ask for money. Have you ever thought about how much money Jesus could have made through His miracles? Do you realize how rich He could have made Himself when He walked the Earth and healed people? He could have set up a Jesus healing booth. He could have brought people in by the thousands, saying, pay me this and I’ll heal you. People would have paid anything to be guaranteed their healing. They still will!

But Jesus didn’t do that. He performed miracles in order to serve. There was no money involved in His ministry. Jesus served. He simply served. He said, “I do this because I love people. I was there at the beginning of the world with my Father, and He created man in our image. So when I see things that are going wrong, I want to make them right. As long as I’m walking this Earth, and I see someone that is supposed to be created in our image but is not reflecting that image, I want to heal that wound.”

Jesus served us so much that I can’t cover it in one blog post. So more on this next time. See you Thursday.

Save Me A Seat?

If we had a vision of heaven, here’s what we would see. The people that we consider the crummy, no good people, the low-lifes, would be the ones hanging out with Jesus. I think Jesus would be sitting right among them, and we would be in the background, wishing we were right up there with Him. We’d be asking each other, “Man, why did they get a front row seat with Jesus?”

And Jesus would say, “They get a front row seat in heaven because they took a back row seat for their entire life, that’s why. And I’m God. That’s how I work.” Continue reading