Show up…Palms up: Thoughts from Luke 22

With only days away before the one of two of the biggest weekends for the Christian church let me encourage us all to remember this is a time for serving others.

Since one of our core concepts at Street to the Seat is helping pastors and lay leaders make a, “CONTRIBUTION” we want you to understand your S.H.A.P.E. as you serve others. Contact us if you need help in this specific area.

The reason this comes to mind is that during the holiday season pastors and staff have a tendency to use our “titles” to get things done or not do things. It can feel to our membership like we are using the weight of our titles to push them around. And we never want that to be the case. That wouldn’t be leadership or shepherding. That would be dictatorship…not good!

I was reminded of this in my Bible reading this morning in Luke 22. Just after the passover meal a disturbance broke out among those with Jesus.

“24 Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Don’t let your busyness this year limit you from serving others. Leave your title at the door and “show up… palms up“.

Let’s focus our time/energy this coming weekend on complete and total service to others.


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