“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom”. – Ecclesiastes 9:10
This scripture shows us that service / work has been bequeathed in our hands.
It is a gift from God which should be done whole-heartedly as stated. It is work required of us NOW for once we depart there is no work to be utilised, no planning, knowledge or wisdom.
There should be no eye service but genuine service in all we do and in all we endeavour to do. This leads into what can be achieved through serving and rendering a service. It builds character and resilience – characteristics of a great leader.
Serving and being a servant teaches humility.
Humility is a characteristic of a dove – synonymous with the Holy Spirit which lives within us; let us adopt this character and let it dwell within us.
God favours the humble coupled with our service – this can only make our Maker smile down upon us!
1 Peter 5;5 says “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble.”
‘Humility costs nothing but it’s worth surpasses its’ value’ – The Master’s Quill
The ultimate example of a servant who is also our leader; Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:5-8 shows us what he did for humankind.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature of God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
He became human; just like us to save us from ourselves (sinful nature). What a selfless master we have! To be a great leader, you must be willing to serve. He obeyed the Father even until death in verse 8.
Many times, today, we strive to be the best – a leader at the forefront of events. This is not wrong as it is good to have high aspirations and goals for ourselves; however, to be a truly great one you must serve.
To serve is not be lowly or inferior but it is to be of service and help to others around you. This may be in society, community, office or whatever environment you find yourself working in.
I pray that God will continue to bless the work of our hands and cause us to be humble servants in whatever environment we find ourselves in!
The Master’s Quill