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I have to admit that at times it feels good to be celebrated while in ministry. When people appreciate me for what I do in ministry I get motivated to continue serving. One of my mentors told me several years ago, never to let the compliments get on my head, I should keep them in my heart. In ministry, that is one of the best advice I have ever received. When it gets in your head, pride takes over and instead of becoming a servant you become a church celebrity. Here are three differences between a servant and a church celebrity.
- When they are not praised by the people and mentioned by the pastors, church celebrities get offended. On the other hand, servants keep serving others as unto the Lord, even when no one notices them
- Church celebrities are the face of the ministry, they make ministry their kingdom, and they think their absence will kill the ministry. Servants strive to make Jesus the star. They are okay with playing the background. They understand that they are but vessels in the kingdom of God.
- When things get tough, church celebrities disappear, looking for greener pastures to thrive in. Servants keep serving the best they can even when things are tough, because they understand service to man is service to God.
God is calling on us to be servants and not celebrities. He is our greatest example of what it means to serve others. Jesus even got on His knees and washed His disciple’s feet. All He did was serve others. Matthew 20:28 reminds us that Jesus came to serve and not to be served. “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” 1 Peter 4:10 reminds us to do the same. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Every servant desires to please their master so you serve others, God is glorified. Personal visibility is not the key; the key is to make Christ visible through your service. As the people see your good works, they will praise your Father in heaven.
Today, purpose to serve those around you, go an extra mile in meeting someone’s need today. When praises come your way, redirect them to God, who does not share His glory with man.