This was the fourth snail that I noticed on Scout and my walk yesterday morning and the fourth one that I picked up and moved off the path. This one especially was tiny – literally looked like a little pebble as we were walking. I am glad that I was able to make sure that these four lowly little ones were not stepped on by someone as they were walking.
The Christian life is not a life to prestige, titles, or high status. It is a call to service and to looking to others before ourselves. In the campus ministry I was with in college, the leadership team was called “Servantship” – it was a reminder that as the “leaders” in the ministry, we were servants of all first and foremost – those within the ministry and anyone else on campus.
This sense was really driven home by what I read yesterday in Deuteronomy 17 and Luke 9 yesterday (along with yesterday’s Wordle). I was very familiar with the Luke passage –“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” The rest of the passage continues this same sense. But it was the Deuteronomy passage that really surprised me – I honestly did not remember it from other times I’d read Deuteronomy.
[The king] must not acquire many horses for himself, or return the people to Egypt in order to acquire more horses, since the LORD has said to you, “You must never return that way again.” And he must not acquire many wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; also silver and gold he must not acquire in great quantity for himself. When he has taken the throne of his kingdom, he shall have a copy of this law written for him in the presence of the levitical priests. It shall remain with him and he shall read in it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, diligently observing all the words of this law and these statutes, neither exalting himself above other members of the community nor turning aside from the commandment, either to the right or to the left, so that he and his descendants may reign long over his kingdom in Israel.Deuteronomy 17:16-20
I know there’s a lot there but…wow. Everything in there is about the king being humble, not being more than the people he is serving, I was especially moved by the verse about him having a copy of the law written for him and for him to keep that with him and read it all the days of his life. Sadly, as I read the stories of the kings (which will be coming soon), not too many of them followed like this. But still…wow.
What if we lived that way in the ways when we are put in positions of leadership? What if we thought and acted as servants first and foremost? What if lowly was a word that was a part of being a leader and not many of the other phrases that are used for leaders?