As I close this mini-series on “servant leaders”, I would be remiss if I left out Paul’s attitude toward his own ministry. Though many tried to discredit his ministry (and some do today), he points to characteristics that reflect the servant spirit of his Master, Jesus. I will list some of these from 1 Thessalonians 2:2-12 and 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 for you to consider and use as a mirror with your own life and ministry.
· He declared the gospel through much conflict.
· Paul, Silvanus and Timothy’s appeal did not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive those they ministered to.
· They spoke, not to please man, but to please God, knowing that He tests their hearts.
· They never came with words of flattery, nor with a pretext for greed.
· They did not seek glory from people.
· Paul said they were gentle among them, like a nursing mother taking care of her children.
· They were ready to share the gospel of God and their own lives.
· They worked night and day so as not to be a burden to anyone.
· God was a witness to how holy and righteous their conduct toward the believers was.
· They were like a father exhorting, encouraging and charging the believers.
· Their boast was only in the Lord.
These are the marks of a true servant that is genuinely concerned about the spiritual welfare of those in the church. There is no room for pride, self-consideration or impure motives. Let us see to it that we grow in this grace; modeling servant leadership and showing deep concern for the maturity of others.
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