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Servanthood is a buzzword in churches and leadership circles today.

We need servant leaders, we want to serve our spouse and our families, and we are always asked to be a cheerful servant in various areas in our local place of worship.


Here are 3 reasons to practice servanthood.

1. We serve cause Jesus served

The Jews expected their savior to be a conquering king who would return them to their glory days experienced under David and Solomon.

Instead they got a suffering servant.

“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26–28

Miserable Servants

December 3, 2012

There are a group of people who serve in every church or volunteer group.

In my missions organization, I find these folks on every campus.

The Miserable Servants.

People who are faithful to serve, but never seem very happy about it.

You do your best to try and help them. You offer to reduce their hours or switch their role but they respond by making excuses about why they still must serve.

All the while they fulfill valuable roles, but in a grumpy way, hating every moment.

You attempt to thank them and they deflect it.
You want to encourage them or bless them and they somehow turn it into a pity party.
And if you try to serve them…..Look out!

We all know them.

Here are a few steps to deal with them these servants and hopefully minister to them:

I am being featured on Laura Parker’s blog, Life Overseas on Thursday and Friday. Check here for the interview and a new guest post

Along the missions and cross-cultural line of thought, I posted Monday on Duane Elmer’s book, Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility, looking at the process of serving while not putting yourself in the place of superiority. Read about it HERE

With this, today I want to share a short story from Elmer’s book. This illustrates what we so often do in missions, and really in all of ministry when people are different than ourselves. 

Enjoy “The Monkey “Serves” the Fish” parable retold from Elmer’s book, Cross-Cultural Servanthood.


A typhoon had temporarily stranded a monkey on an island. In a secure, protected place on the shore, while waiting for the raging waters to recede, he spotted a fish swimming against the current.