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Sunshine’s Reflections

Happy cold Wednesday.  We have snow again in my area and it’s beautiful.  Stay safe and stay warm.  My prayers are with the homeless during these times.  Praying that shelter is available.

TFTD: The best leader is a servant

John 13:12-14 New King James Version (NKJV)

12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”  

The word servant has different meanings.  It can mean a slave, a person in the service (assistance) of another or a person employed by another, especially to perform domestic duties.  In the world today, people who work in service type jobs are deemed lower level positions.  Positions like waiters, waitresses, housecleaning, janitor, cafeteria worker, etc. are not typically paid the generous salaries.  Even though these positions do a lot of work they are not adequately compensated.  There are even people who turn their noses up at these positions as if they are less than, when on the contrary, people who work in service positions help other professions function effectively.

When you work in any service type position, your primary function is to serve others by helping them in any way you can.  There should not be any discrimination of age, gender or race, you just help others.  It doesn’t matter if a person is in a higher titled position or a lower titled position, you just seek to serve them.  The disciples held Jesus at high esteem as Lord and Teacher.  They placed Him on a proverbial pedestal, desiring to be like Him.  Sometimes people want to be like others because they think it will elevate them from doing certain things.  However, Jesus being a great leader, demonstrated to them that even though He is held at high esteem He still knows how to serve the people.  And if Jesus did it, we should do it also.

Children of God, I know that a janitor is paid to take out the trash and clean up the church or even your office, but it doesn’t mean you can’t lend a helping hand.  I know you may be the associate minister on staff, but that doesn’t exempt you from helping the ushers when you notice they are short-staffed.  I know you are blessed with food and shelter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reach out to the homeless.  I know you are healthy and have a sound mind, but that doesn’t mean you can’t serve the sick and shut in.  The best example of a leader is one who serves.  Sometimes you will have to roll up your sleeves and offer to serve others.

Never become so puffed up with your title that you forget to serve others.  Jesus intentionally washed the feet of His disciples to demonstrate that no matter what level you are at, always take time to serve others.  How can you serve the people in your circle?  How can you reach beyond the walls of the church and serve the community.  Take time to seek God on where you can serve.  If you lead a ministry, I encourage you to lead by example and serve the people.  If others see you serving, it will compel them to serve as well.

Follow the lead of Jesus Christ and serve the people!

Have a blessed day. 


Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA  

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

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