Leaders Set The Pace

Your life has the opportunity to influence in so many ways. The problem is that many of these opportunities are either ignored or not even seen.

Reading Job 29, you see an individual who looked out, saw needs and met them. He was a one man servolution. It comes in response to his ‘friends’ and their determined effort to have him confess to guilty pleasures, some secret sin in his life, something that obviously wasn’t there. It would have been easy to confess to something bearing in mind the circumstances he found himself in, easy to think that they may have been right.

But Job stood strong.
Job was very self-aware. He knew where he had come from, what his life represented, that amongst his community he was a leader, someone that people looked to.

Leaders set the mood.
Leaders set the pace.
Leaders do this not only for themselves but for the community in which they live.
Job was a man of integrity.
He was also a man of influence too.

v25 ‘I was their leader, establishing the mood & setting the pace by which they lived. Where I led, they followed.’ [message]

Does your life stand up to the tests of integrity and influence?
Are the strong enough to hold you when others would push you to compromise?

Why We Don’t Pick Up The Towel

Following on from the previous post about Servolution here’s some thoughts about why we don’t get involved. Jesus gave us a great example in John 13 when he washed the disciples feet, he demonstrated what it meant to love, be devoted and serve those around him.

I had two thoughts when I read this…

Every room has a towel

Pick It UP!!

Every room – every area of our life, our workplace, our home, our college, our street, our community, our church, our friends, our neighbours, every time we go somewhere there is opportunity to serve. An opportunity to pick up a towel.

The question is then – WHY DO WE JUST WALK PAST IT?

1. I’ve done my bit
Do you know what back in the day – I was it! Maybe as I approach my 40th birthday it’s time to reflect, to look at everything I’ve done and then step aside for the young people coming through. To be honest I’ve done just about everything in church life – kids church, drop in coffee bar, youth, street evangelism, been in the choir, worship, driven the bus, car park, put more chairs out that some of you have had hot dinners, christmas meals, cleared gardens, etc etc – many of us could say the same thing. So maybe I’ve earned the right to say ‘I’ve done my bit’.

That makes me ARROGANT. There is always something that I can do…

Paul wrote ‘Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in a such a way as to get the prize’. It’s not just about taking part. It’s not about saying that I ran the race before. We have to keep on running the race and running to WIN. We must notdisqualify ourselves because of the past things we have done.

2. Don’t Need the Hassle
Serving is inconvenient. It will cost us more than money. It will involve energy, stuff, time, no wonder its sometimes easier to just not get involved.

The story of the Good Samaritan is an illustration of people not wanting to get involved. What were they doing? They were thinking of themselves, maybe acting a little bit selfishly. When we think only of ourself we start to opt out, look for excuses, we become lazy, we allow our circumstances to become the biggest thing in our world and forget that its not about us but about other people.

‘I can’t be bothered’
‘I have a lot going on in my own life at the moment’
‘Work is really busy – when I get in its family time thats most important’
‘I’ve got things to do, places to go’

These are not wrong – I know life can be difficult and you must keep the balance right BUT sometimes the best solution for your circumstances is a servolution.

Paul wrote in Galatians ‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up’. It seems that helping others will do us good too.

3. I don’t do that
Ever looked at the list of opportunities and excused yourself because you don’t do kids, you don’t do singing, you don’t do early mornings, you don’t do physical work. I know I have. Next time we have a thought that something isn’t being done, maybe that’s a towel opportunity, our frustrations could be our chance to pick up a towel.

Jesus didn’t ask us to follow him if it ‘fits’ with our likes & dislikes, he just asks us to follow him, to lay down our life to gain it, to give up some stuff, to take up our cross everyday. We need to pick up the towel, when we enter a room, someones world then pick up that towel…why?

Because of what it represents…
…people who have needs
…opportunities for God to move
…living out the right kind of Christian walk (giving up your life)
…glorifying God
…lining yourself up to receive a harvest
…because we should

Don’t walk past the towel….pick it up.
It may not seem as significant to us as having the right title BUT to the person we are serving it could be the most significant thing we ever do.

Let’s make this a great time of Servolution.

What Makes A Great Servolution?

The story of the four men lowering the paralyzed man down in front of Jesus is a fantastic illustration of what makes a great servolution. Four men, see a need in someone elses world and do all that they can to help. No strings attached. No benefit for themselves, instead all the benefits were for the person being helped.

When it comes to fulfilling a great servolution…

THINK IT THROUGH
In simple terms – have a look around, see things that need doing, think about what you can do. They did this and then performed a deliberate & intentional act of kindness.

PUSH THROUGH
Ideas without action never achieve anything. Being creative with what you could do is great fun but without pushing yourself to do something you won’t make a difference.

These four men had to push themselves. Taking the idea of helping him and making it a reality – getting a bed, knowing where to go, carrying him a distance – not easy, not comfortable, they would have had lots of opportunity to feel like they wouldn’t get there, that what they were doing wouldn’t make a difference.

FOLLOW THROUGH
When they got to the house they could not get in. Maybe they thought of going back home but they were determined to see it through. They climbed the stairs, cleared the roof tiles, and did all they could to get that man in front of Jesus.

Here’s the thing with a servolution:
Don’t start something that you are not willing to see through.
When they had done ALL that they could do, Jesus could do ALL that He could do.
Jesus saw THEIR faith & did something for the man they had helped. A servolution lines people up for an encounter with God.

So, what are you going to do?

Check Out the Xcel Servolution

Xcel Church have partnered with Servolution. This is our opportunity to see complete and radical change in a person’s life through simple but deliberate acts of kindness.

If you are part of Xcel Church then get involved. Let us know what you are up to, post some pics, share your ideas and be a part of what promises to be an incredible journey. We are over at An Xcel Servolution