Whether it is serving within our families, serving at our jobs, in our community, at our church, or in some other area or ministry, serving well is good for our souls. Serving tired, well that can be draining. We can lose sight of our good intentions and easily fall into the trap of tyranny. The misuse of power moves in on us, little by little, until we believe that we have the right to have someone else serve us. Not just instead of us, but for us. Tyranny can take many forms, but they all end up revealing themselves as an abuse of power. An abuse of power is the abuse of another persons sincere desire to serve. When we misuse our authority we can end up losing our ability to lead, we can end up squashing innovation and eventually we can lose our own perspective about the reasons that brought into a position of power in the first place. We tell ourselves that 'I have more important things to do' or 'I'm in a leadership role now, I don't have to do that anymore' or maybe we begin to think that 'that’s beneath me'. Neither of these things is not an option.
Mark 10:42-45 Voice
"But Jesus stopped them. "You know that among the nations of the world the great ones lord it over the little people and act like tyrants. But that is not the way it will be among you. Whoever would be great among you must serve and minister. Whoever wants to be great among you must be slave of all. Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to be a servant—to offer His life as a ransom for others."
Jesus tells us here in this passage, that He is calling us to something better. He is calling us to serve; not in order to gain power or status, not because we feel a sense of duty, or even because we are indebted to Him; we serve because He did. Jesus is our example and our ultimate mentor. As Jesus ministered, He taught others how to minister. As Jesus served others, He taught others how to serve. As Jesus served others He taught us to love one another and care for each other well, no more and no less. He calls on us to give ourselves away, not at our own expense, but as an offering. Jesus shows us, by example, how to minister and serve others well, while still maintaining our own strength and purpose. Remembering to rest and take time away are essential tools to a well tuned soul. Jesus served others in the most unlikely circumstances and His authority flourished in and through those moments. Service itself is an act of worship and with Jesus as our example and our mentor; we too will stay in tune and flourish.